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It doesn’t take a religious mind to appreciate the spectacular cathedrals and churches in Germany. They are steeped in history – sometimes glorious, often turbulent – and boast jaw-dropping workmanship. Stay with us as we take you on a tour of the soaring spires, ornate domes, gorgeous stained-glass windows, and rich heritage of Germany’s religious architecture.
The city of Dresden is known for its mind-blowing architecture, a jewel among which is the Dresden Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). This 18th-century church was hit hard during the Second World War, but emerged as beautiful as ever out of its ashes in the late 20th century. The builders relied on old photographs and documents and even used a large amount of material salvaged from the ruins of the church to recreate this architectural wonder.
Schloßstraße 24, 01067 Dresden, Germany, +49 351 4844712
Standing proud as the tallest church steeple in the world (161.5 meters / 530 feet), Ulm Minster is among the most admired pieces of Gothic architecture in Europe. It took long enough to be built (513 years: 1377-1890) but the wait was sure worth it. Visitors from all over the world come here to gawk at intricately carved oak choir stalls, life-like sculptures and splendid stained-glass windows. If you are up to the challenge of climbing 768 steps to the spire, you will be rewarded with an unbeatable view over the entire city and beyond.
Münsterplatz 21, Ulm, Germany +49 731 3799450
The immense and strikingly ornate dome of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), topped with a lantern and four domed towers flanking it, is an iconic landmark of Berlin‘s skyline. The architecture of this cathedral is an unbeatable harmony of Italian High Renaissance and Baroque styles. The octagonal interior is jaw-dropping in its grandeur. You can spend hours admiring the marble and onyx altar, striking mosaic work, intricate sculptures, the marble baptismal font, and the painting of the Descent of the Holy Spirit.
, Germany, +49 30 20269152
The spectacular six-towered Mainz Cathedral towers over the city of Mainz on the banks of the River Rhine. This 1000-year-old cathedral is unanimously regarded by architecture enthusiasts to be one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the country. The walls of the cathedral protect tombs of princes and archbishops who enjoyed tremendous power and influence during their reign. If you wish to learn more about the history of the cathedral and its social, political and religious influence on the city, head to the cathedral museum.
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