Schwerin Cathedral

Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin Cathedral was formerly a Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint John. It was built in Schwerin following the move here of the seat of the Bishopric of the Abodrites, established by Henry the Lion, from the old city of Mecklenburg in the late 12th century. The first cathedral was built of timber. The foundation stone of the stone cathedral of the Prince-Bishopric of Schwerin was laid in 1172. After a construction period of 76 years, it was consecrated in 1248. The proto-cathedral is now the church of the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Mecklenburg.

In 1222 Count Henry of Schwerin returned from a crusade with a reliquary of the Holy Blood, an alleged drop of Christ's blood contained in a jewel. This was placed in the cathedral, and caused it to become a place of pilgrimage. During the 14th century the nave and transept were completed, as well as the chapter buildings. At the end of the 15th century the cloister on the north side was finished.

The tower, 117.5 metres high, was constructed between 1889 and 1893.

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Am Dom 8, Schwerin, Germany
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Founded: 1172-1248
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Lawrence Lee (4 years ago)
Great church
George B (5 years ago)
Quiet worship place. But a little to Cold.
SACHIT VARMA (5 years ago)
A very beautiful Roman architectural church! There are so many things to see inside... The tower can be climbed on foot for a pseudo-panaromic view of Schwerin. Definitely worth a visit. This church is visible from ong distances when you stp out of the main station.
Emilia Majander (5 years ago)
Beautiful stained glass windows. The tower is worth a visit, view is really good. The tower costs 2€ and there are 219 steps, no elevator. But if you like high places and a good view, it's worth it. They also have brochures about the church history in several languages. The church closes quite early (at three on a Sunday) so check the times before you go.
Dr Nicholas Exadaktylos (6 years ago)
Good architecture but for the size of it, too close to other buildings. Interesting interior. There are 220 steps leading up to the highest point of the tower (117.5 meters). It is really worth the effort when you can enjoy the stunning view of Schwerin and the nearby lakes._
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