Saint Nicholas Chapel and the Empress Theophanu

Photo by Moniek Bloks

The Saint Nicholas Chapel is one of the few remaining parts of the Valkhof, a citadel built by Charlemagne, in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The origins of the chapel itself are pretty vague. It was possibly founded by Theophanu, abbess of Essen, whose grandmother and namesake was the Empress Theophanu who died at the Valkhof in Nijmegen. It was most likely built around 1000/1050. Empress Theophanu was buried in Cologne.

During the course of her life, Theophanu probably visited the Valkhof several times though this was most likely before the building of the chapel.

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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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