Cathedral Steps Festival Plays, Erfurt

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Erfurt Cathedral (left) and St. Severus Church (right)
Erfurt Cathedral (left) and St. Severus Church (right)

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Every summer, the cathedral steps between the magnificent twin edifices, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus, become one of the grandest and most beautiful open air festival stages in the world. The festival unites all theatrical genres for three weeks and there is always a great demand for tickets.

The site where the Cathedral is now situated has been the location of many other church-like buildings in history, such as a Romanesque basilica and a hall church. Note also that famed priest, monk, and professor Martin Luther, in 1507, was ordained in this cathedral.

The architecture of the Erfurt (Erfurt vacation rentals | Erfurt travel guide) Cathedral is, mostly, of a Gothic styling, and exists from around the 14th and 15th centuries. There are many things of note as far as the architecture is concerned, not least the stained glass windows and furnishings of the interior of the cathedral. The central spire of the three towers that sit aloft the cathedral harbours the Maria Gloriosa which, at the time of its casting by Geert van Wou in 1497, was the world's largest free-swinging bell. It is known to have purity and beauty of tone.

The Cathedral is house to many rare and rich furnishings and sculptures, including the tomb of the bigamous Count von Gleichen, accompanied by both of his wives, a stucco altar, a bronze candelebra of Romanesque antiquity called Wolfram, the oldest free standing cast work in Germany, and, out on the porch, several statues of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.

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