Erfurt Cathedral

Erfurt, Germany

Erfurt Cathedral, dedicated to St. Mary, is a late Gothic cathedral which replaced the church built on this site for Bishop Boniface in 742. Martin Luther was ordained in the cathedral in 1507.

The architecture of the Erfurt Cathedral is mainly Gothic and stems from around the 14th and 15th centuries. There are many things of note as far as the architecture is concerned, not least the stained glass windows and furnishings of the interior of the cathedral. The central spire of the three towers that sit aloft the cathedral harbours the Maria Gloriosa which, at the time of its casting by Geert van Wou in 1497, was the world's largest free-swinging bell. It is the largest existing medieval bell in the world. It is known to have purity and beauty of tone.

The cathedral houses many rare and rich furnishings and sculptures, including the tomb of the bigamous 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, out on the porch, several statues of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.



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Domstufen 1, Erfurt, Germany
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Alice Oehninger (23 months ago)
Beautiful, peaceful. The central cathedral of Erfurt is a marvel of medieval architecture. It sits majestically atop a long flight of stairs, displaying fluted pillars and flanks. The interior is lovingly maintained, and the beautiful windows permit the main hall to be flooded with sunlight. Most impressive is the choir, which is crafted entirely of carved wood. First and foremost, this is a place of contemplation and meditation. A home to prayer. I'm told, it is also a place of life and celebration, a structure where people meet.
Muhammad sarosh Ali (23 months ago)
A magnificent architectural wonder in my opinion. You cannot help feel insignificant in the vicinity of this architectural behemoth. Right outside the entrance on the blackish stairs, you can find a stall to pit in coins and imprint on it the engraving and for the Cathedral. It will cost a euro, but you can have this as a souvenir. The church and the Cathedral are quite close to each other. The insides were a little too dimly lit but it's spectacular from the outside.
Martin Singer (2 years ago)
Very nice cathédrale and great architecture !
Stuart Berger (2 years ago)
Another cathedral. But it is an amazing gothic style cathedral. Worth a look.
Behrouz Safaei (3 years ago)
Loved it, big and beautiful
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