The Regensburg Cathedral

The Regensburg Cathedral is tucked between the Danube and Regen Rivers in Bavaria, Germany in the town of Regensburg. Here the Regensburg Cathedral has sat since approximately 700 A.D. The Cathedral, has been built, worked on, and rebuilt ever since this time with a recent restoration having been completed in 2006. Dedicated to St. Peter, the cathedral is a prominent fixture in Regensburg and is a great example of gothic architecture.

One of the unique things about the cathedral is the fact that there is a state run workshop near the church which is responsible for the upkeep of the building. All of the tools used are made right in the workshop. The workshop uses one of the towers called the Eselsturm to hoist materials up and down to areas in the higher part of the cathedral. In the west side of the church, there is a pulley that aids in the transportation of the materials.

Tucked between the Danube and Regen Rivers in Bavaria, Germany you will find the town of Regensburg where the Regensburg Cathedral has sat since approximately 700 A.D. Or, some form of it, as the cathedral has been rebuilt and restored many times throughout the years. The Cathedral, has been built, worked on, and rebuilt ever since this time with a recent restoration completed in 2006. Dedicated to St. Peter, the cathedral is a prominent fixture in Regensburg and is a great example of gothic architecture.

One of the unique things about the cathedral is the fact that there is a state run workshop near the church which is responsible for the upkeep of the building. All of the tools used in the maintenance are made right in the workshop. The workshop uses one of the towers called the Eselsturm to hoist materials up and down to areas in the higher part of the cathedral. In the west side of the church, there is a pulley that aids in the transportation of the materials.

The Gothic architecture of the Regensburg Cathedral, or the “Kathedrale St. Peter or Regensburger Dom” as it is called in German lends itself to various stone carvings and statues. One of the more prominent carvings on the western pillars is that of Mary and the angel Gabriel who appears to be laughing. Mary appears to be greeting the angel. The carving dates to around 1280.

Built for the Bishop Hartwig II’s burial, the cathedrals has an “All Saints’ Chapel” which was built around 1164. Also to be found in the beautiful cathedral are stained glass windows dating from 1220 all the way to the late 1300’s. Some of the windows on the west side were not finished until the mid to late 1900’s. The Regensburg Cathedral also houses the Regensburger Domspatzen (the “cathedral sparrows” a choir). The choir is known and recognized throughout Bavaria, and music and religion are very important to the German culture. The cathedral itself is the principal church of the Regensburg diocese. Several Bishops are buried at the cathedral: Johann Michael von Sailer, Konrad Eberhard, Georg Michael Wittmann, Michael Buchberger, Philipp Wilhelm.

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