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At the site of today's cathedral existed already before around 814 built church, 849 the seat of Bishop Walter was. After a fire in this Carolingian church, Bishop Amelung had a new wooden building constructed. Both predecessors were located in 1966/67 by excavations in the area of today's central nave. Bishop Bernhard II sat around 1000 (according to Thietmar von Merseburg) in front of the wooden ship, however, already a stone tower. When then the stone-built Ottonian (early Romanesque) successor building was consecrated in 1028 to St. Mary and Cecilia, the previous Andreas Patrozinium went to the south adjacent parish church. In the middle of the 12th century began to rebuild the Ottonian Episcopal church, while the southwestern, Romanesque bell tower to build. It is today the oldest visible part of the cathedral, because even the Romanesque building fell victim to fire, in 1268 together with the Süderstadt.
The first construction phase of the Gothic cathedral lasted from 1290 to 1323. During this time, he created the hall choir, the transept and the first longhouse yoke. After a long break in construction, the remaining three nave humps were begun in 1473 on the foundations for the planning of the 13th century and completed in 1490. With the cultivation of the Mandelslohkapelle in the west one renounced definitively on the north tower and thus on a double tower facade. 1567, the cathedral chapter Lutheran, 1651 it dissolved.
During a renovation in 1829 under the direction of master builder Leo Bergmann, the Renaissance and Baroque furnishings were removed and the cathedral was regaled in a romantic spirit.
Source Wikipedia Dom to Verden
May 14, 2017
The Cathedral of St. Mary and Cecilia was the cathedral of the former Roman Catholic bishopric of Verden, the seat of the Lutheran prince-bishops of Verden after the introduction of the Reformation in Verden in 1568 until the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Wikipedia
Address: Lugenstein 10-12, 27283 Verden (Aller)
Telephone: 04131 92610
Architectural style: Gothic architecture
April 29, 2018
The Cathedral of St. Mary and Cecilia was the cathedral of the former Roman Catholic diocese of Verden, after the introduction of the Reformation in Verden in 1568 to the Peace of Westphalia 1648 the seat of the Lutheran prince-bishops of Verden. Today it houses the Protestant-Lutheran cathedral community in Verden (Wikipedia).
July 1, 2019
With a height of 38 meters, the Cathedral of St. Maria and Cäcilia towers above all other buildings in the old town of Verden an der Aller. The Gothic cathedral is the symbol of the city of Verden.
The city's landmark is the cathedral of St. Maria and Cäcilia from 1490, which towers far above the surrounding houses of the old town. In the place of today's church building there used to be two wooden churches. However, these both fell victim to the fire. The first burned down around 850, the second around 950.
The first stone church was built at the beginning of the 11th century. Like its successor, which was built at the end of the 12th century, this church also fell victim to the flames.
The current cathedral, Mariae et Ceciliae, was built in two phases. The first extends from 1290 to 1323. Only after a 150-year hiatus was the construction finally completed in 1473 to 1490. Architectural features include the 38-meter-high aisles and aisles, as well as the tower, which dates from an earlier basilica from the 12th century. In the choir room on the east side of the cathedral there were once seven stained glass windows that pirate Klaus Störtebeker is said to have donated to the church in 1402.
April 22, 2018
The cathedral is a hall church with probably the oldest hall choir in Germany. Architecturally, the cathedral is based on the cathedral of Reims and the Minden cathedral. He was also a role model for various churches, including the Johanniskirche in Lüneburg and the cathedral in Lübeck.
In terms of equipment, the baptismal font from the 13th century, the Levite chair of the cathedral, splendidly carved around 1360, a grave plate of Bishop Berthold von Landesbergen, who was responsible for the last construction phase of the cathedral, and two sarcophagi in the rear of the cathedral are particularly noteworthy .
During a renovation in 1829 under the direction of the architect Leo Bergmann, changes in the Renaissance and Baroque were eliminated and the cathedral regotified in the romantic spirit. A neo-Gothic high altar was created for the choir.
April 22, 2018
Störtebeker and the Lätare donation
According to legend, the privateer Klaus Störtebeker left the city of Verden with treasure shortly before his execution in 1401. For this purpose, it should distribute 530 black bread and 1,600 pickled herring to the needy, officials and clergy every year. Even today, the food is served on Monday after Lätare Sunday in the middle of Lent.
April 22, 2018
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