Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
Bamberg Cathedral belongs to the Transitional Gothic style, a characteristic of this being two apses facing each other. The oldest, on the east side, stands raised on a terrace with a fine balustrade and cornices in a chequered pattern. The other one, on the west side, is entirely Gothic in style. Four slender towers quarter the two choirs. This design, inherited from the old Ottonian building, exemplifies the reluctance of the Emperor's powerful ecclesiastical institutions with regard to the innovations of the French Gothic style. Leading to the Domplatz is the Princes' Doorway, the cathedral's finest, with its six recessed arches supported by columns that alternate with statue-columns representing prophets bearing apostles ont ehir shoulders. Enter the building through Adam's Doorway on the east side, and inside, moving from east to west, the progression from Romanesque to Gothic is at once apparent. The two choirs, noticeably raised, enclose a single nave whose walls have neither triforium nor galleries. Under the eastern choir, there is a huge crypt with three naves. Beneath the western choir is a crypt dating from the reign of Henry II and serving as the tomb for the Archbishops of Bamberg. Besides the famous Visitation, there is a equestrian statue of the Knight of Bamberg (13C) representing an unknown king, and Tilman Riemenschneider's tomb of Henry II the saint and of Cunegonda, which is richly decorated with secular scenes and holy characters.
- Address : Pl. tz D - 96049 Bamberg96049Bamberg
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