Dom in Fritzlar

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Domplatz, Fritzlar, Germany
Dom in Fritzlar - Dom
Dom in Fritzlar - Dom, interior
Dom in Fritzlar - Dom
Dom in Fritzlar - Dom
Dom in Fritzlar - Dom
Dom in Fritzlar - Dom

Dom in Fritzlar Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Dom St Petri in Fritzlar Mar 06, 2017
The Dom is the church of the Benedictine abbey, hence it is, strictly speaking, not a cathedral. Its origins are much older than that of many cathedrals, though. The Romanesque Dom dominates Fritzlar's skyline on the hilltop.

The Benedictine abbey of Fritzlar was founded in 724 by Bonifatius, the Irish missionary who brought the Christian religion to vast parts of Hesse, Thuringia, and Frisia. The first abbot was Wigbert, who was later canonized just like Bonifatius. Wigbert's tomb is located in the crypt of the Dom.

In the 11th century the abbey was turned into a convent of canons. In 1803 the convent was closed down, since then the Dom has served as catholic parish church for the town.

The appearance of the present church is still mostly Romanesque. It was built in the 11th and 12th century, with a couple of later additions and changes. The church is open in the daytime.

The adjacent convent buildings around the cloister host the museum and treasure chamber. The treasure chamber owns a number of remarkable early medieval art works and is absolutely worthwhile. I have seen it during an earlier visit; unfortunately during the winter months (Nov-March) it is only open for two hours in the afternoon.
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