St. Petri - Dom Bremen

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Bremen, Germany

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Feel free to visit Nov 21, 2014
Saint Peter's Cathedral has attended the City of Bremen throughout its history and should be visited at least once.

Visiting the church and its adjacent museum is free, whereas a small entrance fee is charged for climbing the tower, which is accessible from April to October. Voluntary donations are very appreciated.

The parts of this building were gradually added with different architectonical styles. Just behind the entrance on the left side, you can climb down to the Western Crypt. Built in 1066, this romanesque room is the oldest part of the cathedral. The central nave was built in romanesque style, but later remodeled in gothic style. The Northern Aisle was built between 1502 and 1522 in late gothic style, finished just in time before reformation.

The cathedral was property of the Archbishop of Bremen, and thus not under the jurisdiction of the City. Between 1561 and 1639, this cathedral was closed due to denominational disputes between municipal administration and the episcopal administration: the City of Bremen has adopted a presbyterian denomination, whereas the surrounding countryside has adopted a lutheran denomination. For 77 years, citizens of Bremen have denied access to lutheran clergy. Due to lack of maintenance, the southern tower collapsed in 1638, killing eight people. In 1639, the City of Bremen agreed to allow "undisturbed" access to this cathedral for Lutheran worshippers. In 1715, the Electorate of Hanover bought the territories of the former Archdiocese of Bremen, which included the cathedral and its surrounding quarter (see map). Just one or two of these buildings in Sandstrasse are still preserved, it houses the local Heritage Administration.

In 1803, the City of Bremen seized the cathedral and its surrounding area. Until 1830, the senate, which was dominated by presbyterians, tried to impede Lutheran worship with several tricks. In 1873, the Church of Bremen was finally reorganised as a union of presbyterian and lutheran parishes, with each parish deciding on its own denomination.

Since 1816, Roman Catholics have used their own church (Saint John's Church), which was formerly used by presbyterian refugees from France.

Starting in 1888, Saint Peter's Cathedral was repaired and rebuilt in order to compete with cathedrals of similar cities, e.g. Cologne Cathedral. Until 1950, damages of World War II were repaired.

The adjacent museum (Dommuseum) preserves the liturgical remains of medieval and early modern worship. Once forgotten in a storage room, they are now of tremendous value and should be protected from evil flash and other destructive radiation.

Due to an intimate relation between denominations, the Catholic parish also presents her exhibits in the Dommuseum.
Near Western entrance
Northern Aisle
Central Aisle
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The mighty twin towers Jul 20, 2012
Bremen Cathedral with its 99 meter twin towers that are referred to as the north tower and the south tower does look pretty impressive.

The towers were constructed flanking the main entrance portal on the west front of the church between 1215 and 1253. During the Middle Ages the towers had eight bells, but now there are only 4 left in the towers. The oldest surviving bell is the Maria Gloriosa, which was cast in 1433 by the famous bell maker Ghert Klinghe. (I just love that the bell makers name was Klinghe). The other bells were removed and melted down for the war effort in World War II.

In 1951 two bells, "Hansa" and "Felicitas", were donated to the cathedral by former residents living abroad. In 1962 a prominent Bremen family donated a fourth bell, the 7000 kg "Brema," which hangs in the south tower as the only one.
The Twin Towers
The Twin Towers
The Twin Towers
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