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Bremen Cathedral

Walk through this early-Gothic cathedral’s grand nave to learn about a history spanning 1,200 years. See city views from its tower and find mummies in the crypt.

Bremen Cathedral, known officially in German as St. Petri Dom Bremen, is a staggering medieval cathedral in Bremen’s quaint historic quarter. The cathedral’s stately façade dominates the streetscape and its history has been entwined with that of the city for over a millennium. Admire the cathedral’s tall towers, which can be seen jutting up in the skyline from all over Bremen’s Altstadt (Old Town). Wander around the spacious nave and see the interior’s ornately arcaded aisles.

Walking toward the grand structure from its courtyard, the Domshof, look for its splendid early-Gothic and Romanesque styling. It is believed a sandstone church was built on this site in 805. The cathedral you see today was mostly constructed in the 13th century and includes the early-Gothic central nave, choir, transept and crossing.

Enter the church to appreciate this architectural treasure from the inside. While the Reformation swept through the city in the 1500s, the church fell into disrepair and did not reopen until 1638, when it became a Lutheran place of worship. Explore the choir and its stall wings, which feature ornate woodcarvings with scenes from the Bible. Climb the stairs of the church’s southern tower and enjoy expansive city views from the towering spire.

Delve into the crypts, which are remnants from the original 11th-century structure. You’ll see its ancient altar and the bronze baptismal font, as well as sculptures, relics and epitaphs. Continue onward to the Bleikellar, a cellar for storing lead. In the Middle Ages, it was found that the metal would preserve the bodies of the dead buried in the crypt. Today, view eight mummies displayed in glass-topped coffins, including two Swedish officers and a countess.

Find out more about the church’s history and restoration at the small museum housed within one of the side chapels. You can see free concerts and performances in the church on Thursdays.

Reach Bremen Cathedral by catching a downtown tram or bus to Domsheide. The church is free to visit but the tower and crypt have small admission fees.


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