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Domplatz, Passau, Germany

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Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Around the Dom Dec 06, 2012
The cathedral is the most impressive building in Passau's old town. Passau has been the seat of a bishop since the early middle ages. The present baroque cathedral dates from the second half of the 17th century. A close look at the proportions, in particular from the east, reveals that older, medieval structures have been integrated into the present baroque architecture.

Domplatz is the centre of religious life in the diocese of Passau, and a popular location for events like the Christmas market. The mighty facade of the baroque Dom with its two steeples dominates the eastward front of the square. The other sides are surrounded by baroque town palaces, many of which are used by institutions and administration of the diocese. The monument in the middle of the square depicts Maximilian (Max) I. Joseph, who became the first King of Bavaria in 1806.

Wlak round the cathedral through Innbrückgasse. The narrow passage along the southern side of the cathedral is easily missed but worth looking for. Photographers who like to play with perspective will especially enjoy the various glimpses and views of the facades, the white steeple high up, etcetera. Due to the topography of the hill and the steep descent towards the Inn bank behind, there was little space to build the bishop's residence and offices behind the cathedral. Only this small alley was left. Access is either from Domplatz thropugh the arch underneath the right steeple, or from Residenzplatz around the choir of the cathedral.

I found Residenzplatz the prettiest square in town. "Square" has to be translated to "trapezoid, almost triangular" here, though. The square is surrounded by baroque buildings. The largest and most striking of them is the bishop's palace with the museum of the diocese, which occupies one entire front. The square is slightly inclined. The upper end leads towards the choir of the Dom. Seen from this side the gothic origins and proportions are clearly visible under the baroque ornaments. The middle of the square has a fine baroque fountain, which in December was ornated with a large Advent wreath.
Domplatz and Dom
Dom steeple seen from the passagew…
Gothic choir with baroque ornaments
The passageway behind the Dom
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