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“Huge Romanesque Basilica”

St. Kilian Cathedral
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Germany's fourth largest Romanesque church in genuine German architecture. It's the seat of the bishop of Würzburg. Dedicated to Saint Kilian, an Irish monk probably from a Scottish family, who moved to Germany with two other missionaries, Kolonat and Totnan. His preachings influenced the reigning Duke Gozbert who decided to split from his wife Geilana, his brother's widow, because this marriage was against the law of the Church. His wife heard about his plans and paid criminals who beheaded Kilian and his companions. Bishop Bruno started this Cathedral in 1040. It has wonderful altars, among other things, a peculiar main organ with a clock from 1574 and a crypt with St.Bruno's tomb (the founder of this Cathedral). It has 20 bells with a total weight of 26 tons! The Lobdeburg Bell dates from 1257 and is rung every Friday at 3.00 p.m. to mark the hour of death of Jesus Christ.

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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

It took me three attempts to see the inside of the Dom, but it was worth it. Most of the city center of Wuerzburg, including the Dom, was destroyed on March 16, 1945 by Allied bombing. There is a great display about this in a small room in the Rathaus.
In old pictures, Before 1945, The Dom is magnificent and in pictures from the 1950s it is still a shell of a building. I think that the restoration does a nice job of recapturing former beauty, incorporating damaged statues, and adding modern design. The modern elements blended nicely with the old and never seemed to jump out and slap you in the face.

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

It's hard to imagine from the rather plain face on the front just how large and incredibly ostentatious this place is. I stopped counting altars and chapels at four and I'm sure there were others tucked away in this vast structure. It is a classic symbol of the tyranny of the ancient clerics who duped poor uneducated peasants to finance these icons of wealth in the name of God. Anyway the place is beautiful and worth a visit if in Wurzburg.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

My first impression of Würzburg Cathedral was how contrasting its architecture was. From one side it was a medieval structure fitting for a building completed in 1045, twin spindly spires flanking a stout rotund center. The famous façade usually depicted for the cathedral looked surprisingly new for a building of its age. If one were to stand at the Altemainbruecke, you could stare straight down the street with an unblocked view of this façade.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The recent renovation was done very nicely in that it was not tried to just repeat what had been built in the time before the damage occured on the second world war. It was done in a modern way, a lot of white, gives a friendly impression . Modern painting and sculptures are integrated very well so there is a clear touch of modernity and not only conservation of the past. We could even listen to a short organ play which was also a nice experience

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