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Magdeburg Cathedral, Magdeburg

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Appreciate the art and architecture of the first Gothic church in Germany when you visit Magdeburg Cathedral. Take a guided tour to learn about the relation of this chapel to German history, or tour through yourself. Take a few minutes to appreciate the outside courtyard and the church's large facade. Once inside, you'll see antique marble and granite pillars, the Grave of Otto I (the Holy Roman Emperor from 973), sculptures of saints, and depictions of Bible stories. Services are still held inside the chapel. Add Magdeburg Cathedral to your Magdeburg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Magdeburg trip itinerary builder.
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  • The Magdeburg Cathedral is already the landmark of Magdeburg for many centuries. I can only all kulturinteressiertenTouristen visiting this Cathedral entpfehlen. Especially in the summer months you will find a wide selection of Kulturverantstaltungen.Des further the unique architecture and environment is to worth mentioning. The Magdeburger DOM was the first Gothic church in Germany and is the largest church in Eastern Germany.
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  • As history-conscious Ossis we drove before the turn to Prague, to see Imperial regalia in the Castle Museum. After German reunification, we stormed after Aachen and Speyer Hambach and worms. And here in Central Germany the great, is Otto I, called a the great of our people: the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. That alone is worth a long journey. The approximately 1000-year old cathedral covered his grave almost as directed (after the fire of the original Cathedral) in its main axis on Otto's grave. And so the way of most visitors leads to Otto's sarcophagus, which is as simple as the Church. Who here can enjoy a concert of the Philharmonic, will be amazed by the acoustics of the new organ. Before the barlachschen "Memorial of the war", and finally, immediately before the gate to the foolish virgins, it is quiet and contemplative. - during the summer months is every week organ concert, ranging in the dusk fills the Interior with romantic light - a recommendation to choose such a day for a visit.
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  • The Magdeburger DOM offers a wide range in the summer for an insight into the culture and architecture of the Magdeburg past. You can visit the new Hundertwasser House directly from there. Was a great tour!
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  • Mystical, beautiful German Gothic cathedral
  • Must see if you are in Magdeburg.
  • Disappointingly they wanted to charge you money for filming or photographing!!! This is an unprecedented and unacceptable method of earning money for a church which is absolutely not in need of any pricey maintenance.
  • The Cathedral of Magdeburg (Magdeburger Dom in German) is officially named the Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice. It was the first Gothic cathedral in Germany and with a height of 104 m, it is the tallest cathedral in former East Germany. The cathedral is also home to the grave of Otto I the Great. The current cathedral was constructed over the period of 300 years starting from 1209, and the completion of the steeples took place only in 1520. Despite being repeatedly looted, the Cathedral of Magdeburg is rich in art, ranging from antiques to modern art. The current cathedral was constructed over a period of 300 years starting from 1209, and the completion of the steeples took place only in 1520. As the Gothic architecture style was developed in the 12th century in France, there were no previous examples of Gothic architecture in Germany, and German craftsmen were still very unfamiliar with the style at the start of the construction. Their progress can be seen in small architectural changes over the construction periods, which started with the sanctuary in the east side of the church near the river Elbe and ended with the top of the towers. This sanctuary shows a strong Romanesque architecture influence. Different from other French gothic cathedrals, Magdeburg cathedral does not have flying buttresses for support of the walls. The building has an inside length of 120 meters, and a height to the ceiling of 32 meters. The towers rise to 104 meters, and are the highest church towers in eastern Germany. The layout of the cathedral consists of one nave and two aisles, with one transept crossing the nave and aisles. Each side of the transept has an entrance, the south entrance leading into the cloister. The ceiling in the nave is higher than in the aisles, allowing for clerestory windows to give light to the nave. There is a separate narthex (entrance area) in the west. The presbytery in the east is separated from the nave by a stone wall, serving the same function as a rood screen. The sanctuary and the apse follow the presbytery. The apse is also surrounded by an ambulatory.
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