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Magdeburger Cathedral

Magdeburger Cathedral
Interior of the Cathedral of Magdeburg, looking towards the grave of Otto I

Magdeburg Cathedral is the first Gothic-style cathedral on German soil and one of the largest church buildings in Germany. The origin of the cathedral can be traced back to 937 when Emperor Otto the First founded a monastery and dedicated it to St. Maurice. Today’s visitors of the Cathedral are usually impressed by the monumental, surprisingly light-flooded and stone-coloured interior which is almost completely devoid of colours. And yet the inner hall has many unique and internationally renowned original exhibits and pieces from nearly all eras of art. Spoils from the Ottonian predecessor, the tomb of Emperor Otto I, precious bronze grave markers, early Gothic sandstone sculptures including the famous figures of the Clever and Stupid Virgins, the beautifully crafted choir stalls of the canons dating back to the 14th century, Renaissance paintings of a rare quality as well as 20th-century art such as the famous war memorial designed by Ernst Barlach can be all admired in the Cathedral, to name just a few.

Hours: May - September: 10am to 6pm, April - October: 10am to 5pm, November - March: 10am to 4pm, Sunday: 11.30am to 6pm. Guided tours daily at 2pm and Sundays, Bank Holidays at 11:30am and 2pm.

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Address: Am Dom 1, 39104 Magdeburg
Tags: Magdeburg, Cathedral, Gothic, Art

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