The more than a millennium Romanesque collegiate church towers above the town like a landmark on a sandstone cliff. The flat-roofed basilica consecrated in 1129 already had three predecessors. The monumental sandstone construction shows strong Lombard influences both on the façade and in the ornamentation of the interior. The gothic forms of the high choir, built around 1320 above the crypt, are only visible from the outside. Inside, an apse wall was used in 1938 to restore the overall Romanesque impression. The interior is articulated by the Lower Saxon column change. This change of pillars and columns separates the main and side aisles. In the west, the imperial lodge limits the sacred space. In the east, a staircase leads to the High Choir and to the treasure chambers, which since 1993 have been home to the famous Quedlinburg Cathedral Treasury. In the crypt under the High Choir are the royal tombs of the first German king, Henry I and his wife Mathilde.
December 9, 2018
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