Among the many outstanding pieces of art are the west-choire with its display of the Passion story and the famous founding figures Uta and Ekkehart.
The romanesque elements of the cathedral add to its plain beauty.
A special attraction is the three parted romanesque crypt dating back to 1160/ 70 and 1220/1230, with its fascinating atmosphere and magnificent romanesque crucifix dating back to 1160. A rare architectural detail is the oldest existing choir screen of the late romanesque period. Other romanesque elements include the east choir and steeples as well as the main portal, showing the ascention of Christ.
The construction of the late romanesque cathedral began in the year 1210. The second cathedral was designed as a three-naved basilica in the 13th/ 14th century. The stone sculptures displaying the Passion story as well as the founders were created in the 13th century.
After a great fire in 1532 the appearance of the cathedral changed, with many of its colorful interiors being lost.
In 1542 the first protestant bishop, Nikolaus von Amsdorf, was appointed by Martin Luther.
In the 18th century, many baroque elements were added to the cathedral. During the restauration of the cathedral in the late 19ths century, however, many of the elements were removed in order to restore the original appearance of the old romanesque cathedral.
Architecture and Furniture
The history of the Naumburg cathedral began with the the transfer of the bishop’s residence from Zeitz to Naumburg. The construction work of the cathedral started in 1210. The late romanesque influence on the architecural style of the building becomes evident when looking at the outer structure of the cathedral.
The west choire gate with its display of the suffering Christ and the west-choire as well as the northwest spire were built in gothic style.
The figures displayed inside the cathedrale are impressive due to their outstanding realistic style. Worth mentioning as well is the three parted crypt.
The Naumburg cathedral has an outstanding decorative element, which is the main portal that was created in 1230. It displays the iconographically rare ascenscion of Christ.
The east-extension of the crypt shows a romanesque crucifix dating back to 1160/ 70, which shows triumphant Christ. Impressive capitals with abundant decorative elements add to the outstanding design of the cathedral.
Relief displays of the suffering of Christ and the twelve founding figures catch the eye of the onlooker, as their realistic design is unique in European art of the 13th century.
Regular guided visits
March – October
Monday – Thursday: 10.00 | 14.00
Friday – Saturday: 10.00 | 14.00 | 16.00
Sunday/religious holiday: 12.00 | 14.00 | 16.00
Ascent of the tower
Friday – Sunday/religious holiday: 15.00
November – February
Monday – Thursday: 11.00
Friday – Saturday: 11.00 | 14.00
Sunday/religious holiday: 12.00 | 14.00
Guided tours for groups
Duration: 60 min | 90 Min;
Fee: 50,00 € | 70,00 €;
Participants: max. 35;
Reservations required for groups;
English tours upon reservation;
Special theme tours;
Fees for tours beyond opening hours: 75,00 € | 105,00 €
Adult | groups of more than 15 persons: 6,50 € | 6,00 €
Apprentice, Student | group of more than 15: 4,50 € | 4,00 €
Pupil | school class: 3,00 € | 2,50 €
Family: 17,00 €
Audioguide: 3,00 €
Public guided tour: 3,00 €