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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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  • The Church in Wetzlar is used by both a Catholic and a Protestant community, which is already exceptional. The various style elements fit together somehow quite well — another reason to look at this church.
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  • In the center of a small square is this church feature and very particular. Stand out the exterior red and large Bell. Worth a visit
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  • Since the DOM now since is built over 1000 years and is still not finished. Is he unique in the world. Many architectural styles are located in the building. Romanesque Spätromansch Byzantine Gothic neo-Gothic expressionist still is the dome of one of the oldest churches in Germany, home to both denominations.
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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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