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St. Maurice and St. Catherine`s Evangelic Cathedral - Magdeburg


Magdeburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Maurice and St. Catherine, is the first Gothic cathedral erected on German soil as well as the highest cathedral in East Germany with a height of 104m. The beginning of the cathedral can be traced back to 937 when Emperor Otto the First founded a monastery and dedicated it to St. Maurice. In 955, the church building was transformed into a basilica in Romanesque style, and in 968 Magdeburg became an Archbishopry. Otto the First had many precious Italian pieces of art shipped to Magdeburg (such as the baptismal font and columns) which can still be admired in today's cathedral.


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    History

    • St. Maurice and St. Catherine`s Evangelic Cathedral - Magdeburg

      The first church was founded September 21, 937 at the location of the current cathedral was an abbey called St. Maurice (St. Moritz), dedicated to Saint Maurice and financed by Emperor Otto I the Great. Furthermore, to support his claim as successor of the Emperor of the Weströmisches Reich, he obtained a large number of antiques – for example, pillars to be used for the construction of the church. Many of those antiques were subsequently used for the second church in 1209. After the great fire of 1207 Archbishop Albrecht II von Kefernburg decided to construct a completely new cathedral. Since Albrecht studied in France and Italy, he knew about the new Gothic architecture developed in France. Subsequently he decided to build the new cathedral in the modern French style. The construction of the choir started in 1209, only two years after the fire that destroyed the previous church, but this choir is still in a very Romanesque style, initially still using romanesque groin vaults, combined with a gothic center stone, which however is not needed for Romanesque groin vaults.

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    Architecture and Furniture

    • St. Maurice and St. Catherine`s Evangelic Cathedral - Magdeburg

      The current cathedral was constructed over a period of 300 years starting from 1209, and the completion of the steeples took place only in 1520 resulting in many changes in style and details and showing the development of the Gothic style in Germany over the years. The sanctuary shows a strong Romanesque architecture influence. Different from other French gothic cathedrals, Magdeburg cathedral does not have flying buttresses for support of the walls.The building has an inside length of 120 meters, and a height to the ceiling of 32 meters. The towers rise to 104 meters, and are the highest church towers in eastern Germany. The layout of the cathedral consists of one nave and two aisles, with one transept crossing the nave and aisles. Each side of the transept has an entrance, the south entrance leading into the cloister.

      Source:  http://www.sacred-destinations.com/germany/magdeburg-cathedral.htm on 26th Nov 09 (shortened)

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    Regular guided visits

    • daily at 2 am
      Sunday additonally at 11.30am

      Price: 3 € / person

Object

Am Dom 1
39104 Magdeburg
Deutschland
0391-541 06
E-mail
Website

Organization:

Am Dom 1
39104 Magdeburg
Deutschland
0391-541 06
E-mail
Website

Tourist Information:

Ernst-Reuter-Allee 12
39104 Magdeburg
Deutschland
0391 / 83 80 -133
E-mail
Website


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Opening Hours:

April to October: daily 10am - 6pm
April / October daily 10am - 5pm
November to March: daily 10am - 4pm

Service: Sunday, 10.00am


St. Maurice and St. Catherine`s Evangelic Cathedral - Magdeburg

St. Maurice and St. Catherine`s Evangelic Cathedral - Magdeburg