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. Using our online itinerary creator, Magdeburg attractions like Magdeburg Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Cathedral is impressive from the outside and inside. What I've experienced in Germany still nowhere (in Catholic churches): here in fact, trying to get 2 euros for shooting - but that is also a Protestant cathedral... Of course hardly anyone pays - most photograph then but... the new organ is impressive and it is very interesting to watch the conservators working on the altar. You need my goodness, a patience for this job. The whole Cathedral is just plain from the inside, we go with the Windows: simple rectangular leaded glass, with thousands of identical segments about 20 x 10 cm. A must when you visit Magdeburg. Combine the best with the Hundertwasserhaus. Also on the monument "we are the people" in front of the main entrance, you should take a look. Then you can go shopping in the nearby shopping centre.
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  • It cost .50 to use the bathroom found with some difficulty. Would have really liked to see the photographs of the reconstruction progress. There is a sign along one side requesting donations for a Syn...  more »
  • Magdeburg has made very recently and a visit of the Cathedral and the adjoining walls - there's also a restaurant - is very mpfehlen
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  • The remnants of the history are well preserved. A must visit place in Magdeburg.
  • Mystical, beautiful German Gothic cathedral
  • 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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