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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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  • Revenue, get permission to photograph (adhesive which is held on the machine or on the jacket for every device, let us not being smart, is unpleasant!) and the ticket you also enter the cloister. All to admire though not immaculately maintained. The volunteers who welcome (only some speak English) are the Portuguese Fort and wasters of explanations. To taste with calm (in winter the Interior is cold!)
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  • I've seen the Cathedral for the first time in 1990 and he was in a pitiful state. Today he is beautifully renovated outside and inside he looks partially like new. Absolutely worth seeing.
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  • Unfortunately, we visited the area at night and we could not appreciate the beauty of this in its proper measure, but the building of the Church is impressive
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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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