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Merseburg Cathedral of St. Johannes and St. Laurentius, which was originally Ottonian/early Romanesque, is a building that has developed and undergone several major changes over the centuries.

Today because of its furnishings it is regarded as one of the most outstanding attractions on the Romanesque Road. The altar reredos, sacred sculptures, epitaphs and paintings displayed in the Cathedral and the adjoining chapels are of particular significance in terms of the history of art and their artistic quality. From the wealth of treasures, attention is drawn in particular to the grave slab of Duke Rudolf of Swabia, who died in 1080 as the anti-king to Heinrich IV. His grave slab was created and lavishly designed at the end of the 11th century, and is the oldest European pictorial grave slab made of bronze.

An important testament to the early Romanesque architecture is the hall crypt built between 1015 and 1042. This is one of the oldest hall crypts in central Germany to be preserved largely unchanged, and due to its overall construction and the finely structured and delicately profiled pillars it is also one of the most beautiful.

Merseburg Cathedral is also well-known beyond the state borders on account of the cathedral organ, which was created between 1853 and 1855 by Friedrich Ladegast. Its Baroque facade conceals 5687 pipes. The Ladegast organ is one of the largest and most melodious-sounding Romantic organs in Germany.

The Merseburg Organ festival, which takes place in September every year, is a musical experience of a very special kind.
The adjoining chapter house and the rooms of the south cloister house valuable items from the Merseburg Cathedral treasury, including the unique Merseburg Incantations.

Opening times
Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun/church festivals from 12 p.m.
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun/church festivals from 12 p.m.
Restrictions possible due to weddings, baptisms or concert rehearsals

Merseburger Dom
Domplatz 7
06217 Merseburg
phone: +49 (0) 3461 210045
fax: +49 (0) 3461 720621