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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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  • Take your time because there is very much to see. The modern and ancient forms a harmonious whole. In the bid chapel at the back hangs a very beautiful modern work of art in blue tones (Christ of the cross is taken). The modern stained glass Windows in the front of the Cathedral (round behind the altar) you should definitely go into detail, just like the centuries-old clock that you will find in the right aisle. Also go to the courtyard and to the Stupid room where the chalices, etc. displayed.
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  • The visit of the Cathedral is a must for every Cathedral visitors. Followed by strolling through the city is
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  • Worth the visit to the Cathedral. Also, the region around is well served by shops and restaurants, perfect for a walk.
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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