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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  • There is a large square around the dom which is nice for just enjoying the sights. The cathedral is very impressive. There is a graveyard next to the cathedral where many former bishops are buried.  more »
  • The Church has a number of works of art with very fine details. With a lot of precision made works of art. Not super special. To something already seen much about the world. The incredible richness of the RC Church (in the past?), continues to amaze.
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  • We came today to three with our 1.5 year old son on the way. The Cathedral is like many others not so big and beautiful but still nice to look at.
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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