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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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  • There are not so many places of interest in Magdeburg. This dom is a large square and is one of the few really old buildings in this city.
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  • The historical and religious legacy of Magdeburg is best represented by the Magdeburg Cathedral, dating back to 937 C.E. At that time, a small Abbey called St. Maurice, stood at the site of the modern Cathedral. The abbey fell victim to one of the fires frequent in Magdeburg, and was level in 1207. To replace the fallen Abbey, the creation of a cathedral began in a nearby place. After almost 300 years, a fully formed Cathedral called the Cathedral of Saints stood as testament to the influence of the Church in the lives of the inhabitants of Magdeburg. The main feature of the Cathedral is a statue of St. Maurice, showing him with African features. By choosing to represent the African heritage of St. Maurice, the Church deviates from the traditional method of representing the Saints. The statue is considered one of the first representations of an African person in the art of Europe. Another scandalous feature of art in the Cathedral of Saints is the statue of Santa Catalina, which also deviates from the idealized images of the Saints to represent it with modern clothing. The entrance costs nothing but if you want to take picture of the Cathedral you will need to pay och buy postal cards. The city has a very impressive history
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  • An imposing, old sublime structures which plays by its dimensions in the Oberliga. The external façade is worth a visit in any case. Inside, the Cathedral looks but unfortunately very karg and empty.
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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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