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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 first completed Cathedral of in Germany. Get beautiful with a beautiful courtyard, which is also accessible. For 2 euros you can make as many photos as you want. ;-)
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  • The high point of Magdeburg. Impressive, well taken care of. Beautiful. Worth knowing. A show of architecture.
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  • The St. Maurice in Magdeburg Cathedral is regarded quite rightly as one of the major Gothic buildings of medieval Europe. The Archdiocese was founded in 968 at the instigation of the Emperor Otto I, whose tomb is in the chorus. The current Cathedral was rebuilt from 1207, but the site was spread out until the beginning of the 16th century according to an impressive plan: 120 m. long, 32 Mr., towers at 100 m. vaults, etc. It offers very beautiful sculptures (marquees, Portal wise virgins and the foolish virgins, imperial couple, etc.) and important furniture (stalls), despite the looting and destruction over the centuries. Do not miss the cloister which flanks it to the South and allow time as there is a lot to see.
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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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