Meissen Cathedral

Meißen, Germany

The Meissen Cathedral is situated on the castle hill of Meissen, adjacent to the Albrechtsburg castle. It was the episcopal see of the Bishopric of Meissen established by Emperor Otto I in 968. It replaced an older Romanesque church. The present-day hall church was built between 1260 and 1410, the interior features Gothic sculptures of founder Emperor Otto and his wife Adelaide of Italy as well as paintings from the studio of Lucas Cranach the Elder. The first Saxon elector from the House of Wettin, Margrave Frederick I, had the Prince's Chapel erected in 1425 as the burial place of his dynasty. The twin steeples were not attached until 1909.

In 1581 the Meissen diocese was dissolved in the course of the Protestant Reformation, and the church was used by the Protestant Church since. It is the cathedral church of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony.

Burials in the Prince's Chapel include many Electors and Dukes of Saxony.

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Domplatz 1, Meißen, Germany
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Founded: 1260-1410
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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en.wikipedia.org

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张清泓 (2 months ago)
The lady at the entry is very nice. The inside of the church is fabulous. Historical!
Michael Mack (4 months ago)
A stunning cathedral with a rich German history. We really enjoyed our visit. It is 6 euros to enter, but worth the visit.
Dipesh Guragain (7 months ago)
Nice and historical place to visit near Dresden. Pretty good when you visit on a sunny day
Nidhi S (8 months ago)
Blissful. Quite. Beauty. Have to visit this place for it's beautiful Hill top location and a city which contributes to the most produced high end porcelain items.
Morphine OD (9 months ago)
Last entrance is at 16. Beware. The cathedral is great, but we got denied entry because we needed to somehow telepathically learn that on this day the cathedral is open for visitors only till 16 instead of 18. We bought a ticket for what is free in other cities, so we expected better conditions
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