Münster : Michelin's recommendations
The tallest spire in the world (161m/528ft) seems to draw the Gothic cathedral heavenward. The church's sweeping vertical lines, added to the lightness of the pierced masonry, are wholly admirable. Although the foundation stone was laid in 1377, the two towers and the spire were not erected until 1890. A very beautiful porch with three arcades and a very fine profile precedes the double Renaissance entrance doors. Inside the church, the absence of the transept accentuates the heavenward flight of the main nave. The chancel arch bears the largest fresco north of the Alps. It depicts the Last Judgement and was created in 1471. The ciborium and stalls are quite spectacular. Situated to the left of the entrance to the chancel, the ciborium is the largest in Germany (26m/85ft). This masterpiece, chiselled out of limestone and sandstone, was produced c. 1460-80. Three rows of wooden figures depict the prophets and lawbringers. A marvellous example of wood carving, the stalls were executed between 1469 and 1474. They place two series of figures face to face, one from the Bible and the other from pagan antiquity. The upper gables are devoted to the apostles and martyrs and the high backs of the stalls to Old Testament figures. The most expressive sculptures are carved into the sides of the stalls and include sibyls on the right, busts of Greek and Latin philosphers and writers on the left. The triple crown stands beneath the chancel arch.