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St. Blasii Cathedral and the Burgplatz (Castle Square)
St. Blasii Cathedral in Braunschweig
Dating back as far as the 9th century you could already find the castle of the Brunones on the Burgplatz. In the 12th century Henry the Lion built the original Dankwarderode Castle (destroyed and rebuilt, now housing part of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum), the collegiate church St. Blasii, now the cathedral, and the Lion Statue. The neo-classical Vieweghaus as well as the many beautiful half-timbered buildings make the Burgplatz a very important historical architectural ensemble. The square still shows the original medieval ground plan.
The cathedral was erected by Henry the Lion during the years 1173-1195 after his return from the Holy Land. The vaulted basilica with three naves was constructed on the site of an older church. The cathedral was the first fully vaulted structure in Lower Saxony. Henry the Lion chose the church as his place of burial. He was buried there in 1195 next to his wife Mathilde. The basilica which was first constructed with three naves has been renovated, extended and reconstructed many times over the years. The Lady altar (Marienaltar) (1188), the seven-armed bronze candelabra (from around 1170/80), a carved wooden crucifix by Master Imervard (second half of the 12th century) and the tomb of Henry the Lion and Mathilde are among the most important pieces on display in the church.
Address: Burgplatz 5, 38100 Braunschweig
Tags: Braunschweig, Brunswick, Castle, Cathedral, Henry the Lion
Location of St. Blasii Cathedral and the Burgplatz (Castle Square)
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