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Wetzlar Cathedral, Wetzlar

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Wetzlar Cathedral is a large church in the town of Wetzlar, located on the Lahn river some 50 km north of Frankfurt (Hesse, Germany). Construction began in 1230 and is still unfinished, since the western front is still missing its northern belfry. Because of its long period of construction, the church combines romanesque, gothic and baroque architecture.The church has never been a bishop's seat, and therefore is not a cathedral in the English sense. The German term for "cathedral", Dom, often includes churches that lack a cathedra (a bishop's throne) and instead refers to any large medieval church. In Wetzlar, the main church has been called a Dom since the 17th century.In 897, Rudolf I, Bishop of Würzburg consecrated a Salvator Church replacing an older church on the same location. In early 10th century it became an Collegiate church devoted to St. Mary. Around 1170 the church was rebuilt into a romanesque basilica with two western spires. Parts of the western portal are still visible in the contemporary building.After 1230, the cathedral was rebuilt and extended again. Construction lasted until 1490 and remained unfinished. The church became a Hall church with two towers. Construction of the northern spire was started but abandoned long before completion (see image). The southern tower's steep pinnacle was made of wood and was destroyed by a fire in 1561. It was replaced by the baroque tower roof still extant today.
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  • This church / this "dome" has an interesting design. It was not completed - a blend of romance and Gothic. What's also very interesting is that in this church, Catholics and Evangelical ears have room.
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  • This church is not a cathedral, however, a regular Church. Started as a Gothic church, however, also many influences from Roman and Baroque architecture. It is one of the oldest Gothic churches in Germany. The Interior is rather sober. However, a special building.
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  • the dominant City Centre Church, which always completely different acts from different angles, sometimes even as a ruin, very impressive pulpit (wood work) inside, use by the Catholic and the evangelical community in peaceful coexistence
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  • A must see. This is an impressive place full of history and charm
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  • The outside is unfinished but the inside is beautiful.
  • Nice to see, but sadly unfinished
  • a DOM with not the complete cultivation - since is run out of money around 1300 the Wetzlarer citizens - now Protestant as well as Catholic Church - the Christmas market around the Cathedral built fantastic divided into the well-preserved old town with many Timber-frame houses the city a - J.W.Goethe met here his Lotte in which he is then flashed - students read this then in Werther's suffering - and Leica cameras can look at me - a worthwhile destination ☺
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