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Erfurt Cathedral and St. Severus Church
rt Cathedral (left) and St. Severus Church (right)
Erfurt’s landmark is the unique ensemble created by the combined effect of the Mariendom (Cathedral of The Blessed Virgin Mary) together with the Severikirche (St. Severus Church). These two magnificent examples of German Gothic architecture at its best majestically dominate the cityscape. The
Gloriosa (1497), the
Queen of Bells, has been praised for centuries throughout Europe for its magnificent resonance. Inside the cathedral there is an elaborate Gothic chancel with a series of 13 coloured stained-glass windows which are almost 13 meters high and are among the greatest works of medieval stained-glass art. The Cathedral houses many rare and rich furnishings and sculptures, including the tomb of bigamist 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, outside, several statues of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. A wide and impressive open-air stairway leads up from the market square to the cathedral itself and to the Church of St. Severus (1278 - 1400), which contains the sarcophagus of St. Severus (1363).
Hours: May to October Mon to Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 9 am – 4:30 pm, Sun/public holidays 1 pm – 5 pm. November to April Mon to Sat 10 am – 11:30 am and 12:30 pm – 4 pm, Sun/public holidays 2 pm – 4 pm.
Admission: free; guided tours to cathedral and Gloriosa 2.50 € each.
[ Source: http://www.erfurt.de/ef/en/sightseeing/part1/ ]
Address: Domstufen 1, 99084 Erfurt
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