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Erfurt Cathedral - Great Attractions (Erfurt, Germany)

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geobeats on Dec 9, 2010 Take a tour of Erfurt Cathedral in Erfurt, Germany -- part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

Erfurt Cathedral in Erfurt, Germany is overflowing with art and history.

When the medieval bell for this cathedral was constructed, it was the largest of its kind.

The cathedral houses statues, a bronze candelabra, and exquisite medieval stained glass windows.

Explore the place where Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation leader, was ordained.

Some of the church's eighth century architecture has remained intact.

Erfurt Cathedral is a perfect place to begin a rich and exciting quest into medieval Germany.
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Dom (St. Mary's Cathedral), Erfurt
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Erfurt Cathedral (German: Dom, Mariensdom, or Domberg St Marien) is an impressive Gothic cathedral with some Romanesque parts situated on a hillside in Erfurt. Inside are many important art masterpieces.
History
Most of the Dom is Gothic and dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, but the lower parts …More
Dom (St. Mary's Cathedral), Erfurt
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Erfurt Cathedral (German: Dom, Mariensdom, or Domberg St Marien) is an impressive Gothic cathedral with some Romanesque parts situated on a hillside in Erfurt. Inside are many important art masterpieces.
History
Most of the Dom is Gothic and dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, but the lower parts of its huge towers are Romanesque and belonged to a church built on this site for Bishop Boniface in 742.
On April 3, 1507, Martin Luther was ordained a priest in Mariensdom (see Luther in Erfurt and The Luther Trail).
What to See
The wide stairs that lead dramatically from the Domplatz to the main entrance of the cathedral provide a good view of the 14th-century Gothic presbytery, which is supported by a massive fortress-like substructure known as the Kavaten (late 13th century).
The choir and transepts were built on top of the Kavaten in the mid-14th century in a pure High Gothic style, and the highly decorated triangular porch was added soon after. The porch features vivid statues illustrating the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
The Dom was completed in the 15th century with the addition of the spacious hall nave, whose very German appearance contrasts with the French influence evident elsewhere.
The Dom's central tower houses the Maria Gloriosa bell, cast by Gerhard Wou in 1497. It was the largest bell cast during the Middle Ages and, at 2.5 m (8 feet) in diamater, it is still the world's largest medieval free-swinging bell. Guided tours provide a closeup view of the great bell, but before you take to the stairs, note that the tower does not offer a view over the city.
The interior has well-preserved Gothic decorations and rich furnishings. Of particular note are the 14th- and 15th-century stained glass windows, which are one of the most impressive sets in Germany.
Also of note are the Gothic choir stalls (1370), "Wolfram," a Romanesque (c.1160) bronze candelabra shaped like a man, and a stucco altar of The Enthroned Madonna with Saints (mid-12th-century).
Items of interest in the nave include a small altar of The Madonna and Child with SS Catherine and Barbara by Lucas Cranach, and the tomb of the supposedly bigamous Count of Gleichen and his wives.
Quick Facts
Names:
Erfurt Dom, Mariensdom, Domberg St Marien, St. Mary's Cathedral, Erfurt Cathedral
Type of site:
Cathedral
Faith:
Roman Catholic
Status:
Active
Location:
Domplatz, Erfurt, Germany
Contact:
0361/646 1265
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 | 12.30 pm – 4 pm Sun/public holidays 2 pm – 4 pm
Cost:
Admission free; guided tours to cathedral and Gloriosa €2.50 each
Location Map
Below is a location map and aerial view of Erfurt's cathedral. Using the buttons on the left, zoom in for a closer look or zoom out to get your bearings. Click and drag the map to move around. For a larger view, see our Erfurt Map or get our free Google Earth download.

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Article Sources
Erfurt Tourism Office
The Rough Guide to Germany 6.
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Germany
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✍️ The Pope will be celebrating mass at this Cathedral, September 24, 2011.