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Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), Muenster

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The historic astronomical clock is the main draw at Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), a 13th-century church. In addition to being the city's main church, this cathedral is known for its artwork and the tomb of Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, too. But clock-watchers can see the astronomical clock's hands follow the sun in a counterclockwise direction on its 24-hour face. The main hand indicates the time, and the six minor hands reveal the position of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Mercury, and the moon. At noon, the clock's door opens, and three wise men figures come out to bow to Mary and baby Jesus, then vanish through the next door. Tours are available but must be arranged in advance. The church is active and open for services as well. To visit Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom) and other attractions in Muenster, use our Muenster family vacation planner.
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  • The Dom to Muenster is worth it to visit. First, it is very old and is the official Church of the Bishop of Muenster. The Cathedral was bombed during the Second World War and was rebuilt again in its ...  more »
  • The visit to the Cathedral of Münster is recommended to all lovers of history and art. To visit.
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  • It's an 800 years old building, who survived a couple of fires but it looks like it was build yesterday. And inside...no words. You must see with your own eyes. And you don't have to pay to see the in...  more »
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  • I found it amazing that free tours were offered in 4 different languages just like that there.- great stuff! Learnt a lot in a short amount of time. Check out the great clockwork at midday
  • Very nice historical place.. I generally admire Munster's fast recovery. Since those times..
  • The city of Munster was founded 1300 years ago and is famous as the place of signing in 1648 of The Peace of Westphalia, by which the Thirty Years War was ended. Two thirds of Munster was destroyed during World War Two but, as with so many cities throughout Germany, it has been magnificently restored. That restoration includes the cathedral of St Paulus, which I mention above. It was in that cathedral that I had the privilege of visiting the tomb of Cardinal Clemens August Graf von Galen (1878 -1946), known as the Lion of Munster for his incredibly brave opposition to the Nazis. He was the bishop of Munster, a German Count, and a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was made a saint in 2005.His tomb stands in the Chapel of St Ludger in the eastern part of the cathedral, where one can also see his bust and a quotation by Pope Jean Paul II inscribed on the floor in brass. Cardinal von Galen’s wartime criticisms of the Nazis were so dynamic that the Royal Air Force dropped copies of his sermons by air onto cities all over Germany. As a boy during World War Two, I could never understand why the German people tolerated the Nazis, but now I know that there was nothing they could do. Opposition by Germans to the Nazis during the war was simply a certain route to suicide. Courageous German Christians, such as Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans Wolfel of Bamberg, spoke out for years but they were eventually murdered. Cardinal von Galen spoke out even more forcefully and his survival until after the end of the war was surely a miracle.
  • Nice church. Simple and big.
  • Impressing church with a historic background