Münster Cathedral

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Magnificent architecture and artwork is why this house of prayer has the reputation of being one of the most splendid buildings in Germany.

The Muenster Cathedral, first built in 1225, is one of the most iconic buildings in all of Germany’s Westphalia region. Dedicated to St. Paul, the cathedral is famous for its varied architecture ranging from Carolingian to Gothic, as well as its rich artwork and religious artifacts.

Each of the approaches to the cathedral holds a special interest. The approach from Domplatz is most famous, but come from the west side for a look at one of the more controversial changes in recent memory: a 1950s-style sandstone wall that repaired part of the cathedral damaged during World War II. Locals refer to it as “God’s rotary dial.”

Enter the cathedral and be awed by the magisterial pointed arches. Turn around to admire the astronomical clock, built during the era of the Hanseatic League. This clock is one of the few remaining in the world that turns counter-clockwise. Proceed down the main aisle to the high altar, which was built in 1619. It’s one of the most elaborate stone altars in Europe. Each of its four levels represents an era of religious history. If you are brave, walk down to the crypt, where the remains of generations of Muenster bishops are buried.

Leave the cathedral and head outside to the cloisters and bask in the calm energy of the gardens. Stroll through to the Domschatz, or Treasury, which is now open to the public as a museum. There are 700 sacred objects on display over three floors, ranging from the era of Charlemagne to the present day. Pay your respects to one of the oldest all-gold reliquaries, the Bust of Paul, which was made in 1040 and holds part of the skull of Apostle Paul.

The cathedral is open daily at no charge. Tours of the church and the cloisters are available for a small fee, but must be booked ahead of time. The cathedral dominates the central Domplatz, which is easily accessible via public transportation from every part of the city. Metered parking is available in a nearby lot.

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