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  • Castle and Cathedral of Merseburg
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    Castle and Cathedral of Merseburg

    The impressive palace complex from the German Late Renaissance was thoroughly altered by Melchior Brenner in 1605-08, who included substantial sections of the Late Gothic castle of bishop Tilo von Trotha. Interesting features include coats of arms, portals, oriels from the Late Gothic and Renaissance periods (most notably the ornamental oriel on the northern wing) and the spiral staircase of the Kammerturm. The palace houses the Museum of Cultural History with exhibits on prehistory and early history and with information on the palatinate and bishopric in the Middle Ages, on art and culture in the Duchy of Saxony-Merseburg and on municipal history in more recent times.

    Merseburg Cathedral is known in musical circles for its large romantic organ, built by Friedrich Ladegast. A hall-church with four towers, it has a sumptuously furnished interior. In the west porch is a Late Gothic doorway with sculptured figures (including a bust of the Emperor Henry II with a model of the Cathedral). Notable features of the interior are the Baroque high altar (1668), the richly decorated Late Gothic pulpit and choir-stalls, a Romanesque font (c. 1150) and numerous monuments (11th-18th C.). Of particular quality are the bronze grave-slab of Rudolf of Swabia (d. 1180) and the sarcophagus of Bishop Thilo of Trotha (by Hermann Vischer the Elder). On the south side of the Cathedral lies the cloister, with an Early Gothic west wing and the Romanesque chapel of St John.

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  • Merseburg Cathedral
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    Merseburg Cathedral

    Merseburg Cathedral (German: Merseburger Dom) is the proto-cathedral of the former Bishopric of Merseburg in Merseburg, Germany. Construction on the Gothic cathedral was begun by Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg in 1015. It was consecrated in 1021 in the presence of Henry II. The cathedral was renovated in the Renaissance style from 1510-17. It is considered an artistic and historical highlight in southern Saxony-Anhalt. Since the Reformation it hasn't been the seat of a bishop anymore. The church is now owned and used by a Lutheran congregation within the Evangelical Church in Middle Germany. Merseburg Cathedral is known in musical circles for its large romantic organ, built by Friedrich Ladegast.



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Merseburg Overview

Merseburg is a town in the south of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt on the river Saale, approx. 14 km south of Halle (Halle vacation rentals | Halle travel guide) (Saale). It is the capital of the Saalekreis district. It had a diocese founded by Archbishop Adalbert of Magdeburg (Magdeburg vacation rentals | Magdeburg travel guide). The University of Merseburg is located within the town.

Merseburg is a cathedral and university city on the Saale Southern Saxony-Anhalt. It is the administrative seat of the district Saalekreis and part of the transnational agglomeration of cities Leipzig (Leipzig vacation rentals | Leipzig travel guide) and Hall. Immediately adjacent to the chemical sites Merseburg Schkopau and Leuna. Merseburg is one of the oldest cities in central Germany and is considered home to the famous Merseburg Incantations. The first mention in the 9th Century as "civitas Mersiburc points" on an existing paved towards settlement. In fact, can, however, since the Neolithic demonstrate sustained permanent settlements.

Things to See in Merseburg

Among the notable buildings of Merseburg are the Merseburg Cathedral of St John the Baptist (founded 1015, rebuilt in the 13th and 16th centuries) and the episcopal palace (15th century).

The Cathedral-and-Palace Ensemble with its fascinating palace garden (Schlossgarten), Merseburg House of Trades with a cultural stage and the German Museum of Chemistry, Merseburg, all bear witness to Merseburg’s history. The Merseburg Palace Festival with the Historical Pageant, the International Palace-Moat Concerts, Merseburg Organ Days and the Puppet Show Festival Week are highlights celebrated every year.

Merseburger Raven

Churches

  • Merseburger Dom St. Laurentii
  • Neumarktkirche St. Thomae
  • Altenburger Kirche St. Viti
  • Stadtkirche St. Maximi

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More about the History of Merseburg

From 1657 to 1738 Merseburg was the residence of the dukes of Saxe-Merseburg, after which it fell to the Electorate of Saxony. In 1815 following the Napoleonic Wars, the town became part of the Prussian Province of Saxony. Merseburg is the site where the Merseburg Incantations were rediscovered in 1841. Written down in Old High German, they are hitherto the only preserved German documents with a heathen theme. One of them is a charm to release warriors caught during battle, and the other one is a charm to heal a horse's sprained foot.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Merseburg was transformed into an industrial site, which is largely due to the pioneering work done by people like Carl Bosch and Friedrich Bergius, who laid down the scientific fundamentals of the catalytic high-pressure ammonia synthesis from 1909 to 1913. Enterprises, too, blazed a trail in the course of the transformational process. Finally, a chemical park emerged which is one of the most modern sites of its kind in Europe with high ecological standards. Merseburg was badly damaged in World War II. In 23 air raids 6200 dwellings were completely or partly destroyed. The historic centre was nearly completely destroyed. Briefly part of Saxony-Anhalt after the war, it was then administered within Bezirk Halle (Halle vacation rentals | Halle travel guide) in East Germany. It became part of Saxony-Anhalt again during the reunification of Germany.

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Merseburg is a town in the south of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt on the river Saale, approx. 14 km south of Halle (Saale). It is the capital of the Saalekreis district. It had a diocese founded by Archbishop Adalbert of Magdeburg. The University of Merseburg is located within the town.

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