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Erfurt Cathedral, Erfurt

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The Catholic Erfurt Cathedral is a 1200-year-old church located on Cathedral Hill of Erfurt, in Thuringia, Germany. It is of an International Gothic style, and is also known as St Mary's Cathedral, and is located, uniquely, on a hillside.It is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erfurt.HistoryThe site of the present Cathedral has been the location of many other christian buildings, for example a Romanesque basilica and a church hall. Martin Luther was ordained in the cathedral in 1507.ArchitectureThe architecture of the Erfurt Cathedral is mainly Gothic and stems from around the 14th and 15th centuries. There are many things of note as far as the architecture is concerned, not least the stained glass windows and furnishings of the interior of the cathedral. The central spire of the three towers that sit aloft the cathedral harbours the Maria Gloriosa which, at the time of its casting by Geert van Wou in 1497, was the world's largest free-swinging bell. It is the largest existing medieval bell in the world. It is known to have purity and beauty of tone.Relics and treasuresThe cathedral houses many rare and rich furnishings and sculptures, including the tomb of the bigamous Count von Gleichen, accompanied by both of his wives, a stucco altar, a bronze candelebra of Romanesque antiquity called Wolfram, the oldest free standing cast work in Germany, and, out on the porch, several statues of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
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  • It is certainly one of the most important buildings in Erfurt. You should always consider that it's a church. Sometimes, groups of visitors are doing but quite noisy. For individuals, there are large signs at the entrance, you can take a tour. Sure, the sights of the Cathedral are explained then competently. Photography without Flash are allowed.
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  • A Cathedral of great interest, mainly in the Gothic Style. The High Altar is richly embellished with gold and other precious stones. The stained glass makes the building a little dark, but on close ex...  read more »
  • I saw the Christmas markets in Germany around Christmas market Erfurt's most beautiful. Beautiful combination of market and the Cathedral.
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  • From the outside, there seems something off, as if the cathedrale is unfinished. But it's impressive anyhow, esspecially when you visit the inside. Great glass in lead windows and a lot to see beside these windows.
  • This cathedral is stunning and the fact that it is located on a high ground gives it a very imponent look. It is a must ser in Erfurt.
  • One of the most beautiful Catholic Cathedrals in Thüringen, Germany. The Christmas market here is wonderful, too.
  • Very nice church, entrance door is kind on the 5th 'floor' but worth!
  • This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen.
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