Erfurter Cathederal, Erfurt, Germany

The magnificent Catholic Erfurt Cathedral is a 1200-year-old church located on Cathedral Hill of Erfurt, in Thuringia, Germany. It is of an International Gothic style, and is also known as St Mary’s Cathedral, and is located, uniquely, on a hillside

Via a 70-stairs climb one reaches from the Cathedral square. The cathedral, with a highly Gothic choir, a Romanesque tower, and a late Gothic west hall, is the successor to the 724 Rome sacred building.

It was the main church of the Diocese of Erfurt founded by Bishop Boniface and construction beganin 742. In the central tower is the world’s largest medieval free-swinging bell, the “Gloriosa”. In the interior are the Gothic Chorfenster, the extensive choir stalls (14th century) as well as the Romanesque sculptures of a towering Madonna and a monumental Kerzentrager particularly worth seeing.

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