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Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim

St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: St. Michael's Church is an early-Romanesque church in Hildesheim, Germany. Bernward, bishop of Hildesheim, laid the first stone of St. Michael's Church in 1010 and dedicated the church to the Archangel Michael in 1022. St. Michael's Church was completed in 1031. In the crypt is the tomb of St. Bernward. St. Michael's Church is a masterpiece of Ottonian Art. The twelve pillars in the nave allude to the twelve apostles and the four square columns to the four evangelists. The most significant work of art in St. Michael's Church is the painted wooden ceiling, dating back to the first half of the 13th century. St. Michael's Church was heavily damaged during WWII, reconstruction started in 1950 and was completed in 1957. St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim was built between 872 and 1061 in the early-Romanesque style. Hildesheim Cathedral is a masterpiece of Ottonian Art. The treasures of St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim include the bronze Bernward Doors and bronze Bernward Column, also known as the Christ Column. Another important work of art is the Hezilo chandelier, the largest of four extant Romanesque wheel chandeliers of that period, the other surviving examples are the Azelin Chandelier, also in Hildesheim, the Barbarossa Chandelier in Aachen Cathedral and the Hartwig Chandelier in the Abbey of Comburg. St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim was destroyed during WWII, it was rebuilt in the period 1950-1960. An renovation started in 2010. The cathedral was re-opened in 2014. St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

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Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: The most significant work of art in the St. Michael's Church is the...

St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: The most significant work of art in the St. Michael's Church is the painted wooden ceiling, dating back to the first half of the 13th century. The ceiling depicts the genealogy of Christ. St. Michael's Church was heavily damaged during WWII, the ceiling survived the war in a bunker. The reconstruction of St. Michael's Church started in 1950 and completed in 1957. 

  1. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: The most significant work of art in the St. Michael's Church is the...

    St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: The most significant work of art in the St. Michael's Church is the painted wooden ceiling, dating back to the first half of the 13th century. The ceiling depicts the genealogy of Christ. St. Michael's Church was heavily damaged during WWII, the ceiling survived the war in a bunker. The reconstruction of St. Michael's Church started in 1950 and completed in 1957. 

  2. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: One of the Ottonian Romanesque capitals in the nave. The church was built in the period in...

    St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: One of the Ottonian Romanesque capitals in the nave. The church was built in the period in 1010-1022 and dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The painted stucco-work of St. Michael's Church is a treasure of Ottonian Romanesque architecture. St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1985.

  3. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: The painted ceiling above the nave. Bernward, the thirteenth bishop of Hildesheim, laid the first stone of...

    St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim: The painted ceiling above the nave. Bernward, the thirteenth bishop of Hildesheim, laid the first stone of the church in 1010. The highlight of the St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim is the colourful painted wooden ceiling, dating back to the first half of the 13th century. The twelve pillars in the nave alludes to the twelve apostles and the four square columns allude to the four evangelists.

  4. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Michael's Church is an early-Romanesque church at Hildesheim in Germany. St. Michael's Church was completed in 1031. St....

    St. Michael's Church is an early-Romanesque church at Hildesheim in Germany. St. Michael's Church was completed in 1031. St. Michael's Church is a true masterpiece of Ottonian art. The painted ceiling and the stucco-work are treasures of Romanesque art. St. Michael's Church in Hildesheim is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Michael's Church at Hildesheim.

  5. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Michael's Church is an early-Romanesque church at Hildesheim, Germany, the crypt houses the tomb of Bishop Bernward. The famous...

    St. Michael's Church is an early-Romanesque church at Hildesheim, Germany, the crypt houses the tomb of Bishop Bernward. The famous bronze Bernward Doors were originally created for St. Michael's Church, but are now used at the St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim. St. Michael's Church is considered one of the best examples of the Romanesque churches of the Holy Roman Empire.

  6. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim, also known as Mariendom or Dom St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, and the Bernward Monument in the Domhof...

    St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim, also known as Mariendom or Dom St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, and the Bernward Monument in the Domhof (Cathedral Yard) of the cathedral of Hildesheim. The monument is the more than life size bronze statue of Bernward, the thirteenth Bishop of Hildesheim, from 993 until his death in 1022. St. Mary's Cathedral was built between 872 and 1061. The cathedral at Hildesheim is a masterpiece of Ottonian Romanesque Art.

  7. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim: The Hezilo chandelier was created in 1060. The chandelier was made of gilt copper and is six...

    St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim: The Hezilo chandelier was created in 1060. The chandelier was made of gilt copper and is six metres in diameter. The Hezilo chandelier is the largest of four extant wheel chandeliers of its time, the other surviving examples are the Azelin Chandelier (the oldest), also at Hildesheim, the Barbarossa Chandelier in Aachen Cathedral and the Hartwig Chandelier in the Abbey of Comburg.

  8. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim: The unique bronze Bernward Column is also known as the Christ Column. The almost four...

    St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim: The unique bronze Bernward Column is also known as the Christ Column. The almost four metres tall Christ Column depicts scenes from the life of Christ in twenty-four reliefs. Among the most important Ottonian Romanesque treasures of St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim are the Bernward Column, made in 1020, the bronze Bernward Doors, made in 1015 and the Hezilo chandelier, a major work of art.

  9. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim: The cloister of the Cathedral of Hildesheim. The St. Anne's Chapel was built in the cloister courtyard...

    St. Mary's Cathedral at Hildesheim: The cloister of the Cathedral of Hildesheim. The St. Anne's Chapel was built in the cloister courtyard in 1321. The chapel is located to the east of the apse on S.t Anna's Cemetery, which is surrounded by three cloisters. The St. Anna's Chapel is the first Gothic building in Hildesheim. St. Mary's Cathedral was destroyed during a bombardment in March 1945, it was rebuilt in the period 1950-1960.

  10. Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim - St. Mary's Cathedral in Hildesheim: The Thousand-year-Rose, or the Rose of Hildesheim, grows on the wall of the apse of St....

    St. Mary's Cathedral in Hildesheim: The Thousand-year-Rose, or the Rose of Hildesheim, grows on the wall of the apse of St. Mary's Cathedral. The Rosa canina is believed to be the oldest living rose in the world. St. Mary's Cathedral was ruined during WWII, parts of the rose were burned, but the roots remained alive and the rose re-grew and blossomed again among the ruins of the cathedral. The Rose of Hildesheim became a legend. The rose is the symbol of the Holy Mother of God, St. Mary's Cathedral and Hildesheim, the City of Roses and Churches.