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Contributions " Psst ... Margravine Uta is the fairest in the land
Contributions " Psst ... Margravine Uta is the fairest in the land

Psst ... Margravine Uta is the fairest in the land

Margravine Uta, donor figure in Naumburg Cathedral (c) Vereinigte Domstifter, Falko Matte

Individuality turned to stone

Her aura She radiates majesty, grace and determination. At the same time, her gaze is vulnerable and mysterious: Margravine Uta is considered the most beautiful woman of the Middle Ages! You can marvel at her in the impressive west choir of Naumburg Cathedral, illuminated by medieval stained glass, where she looks over you nobly and aristocratically as one of 12 donor figures.
The sculptures by the unknown "Naumburg Master" date back to the 13th century and still enchant us today with their artistic expression as well as their attention to detail, which gives them a natural liveliness.

In search of Naumburg Cathedral (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Cathedrals in Saale-Unstrut - the founder figure Uta (c) Vereinigte Domstifter, M. Rutkowski
Cathedrals in Saale-Unstrut - the founder figure Uta (c) Vereinigte Domstifter, M. Rutkowski
dsc 8316 west choir c united cathedral founders falko matte jpg

Who made the margravine Uta so famous...

These were the people of the modern age. They were fascinated by the mysteriousness of the figure. The little information from the life of Margravine Uta stimulated the imagination. The emerging photography transmitted her image to the whole world. And the crossword puzzle made her name famous. One can rightly say: it was not until the 20th century that she was crowned the most beautiful woman of the Middle Ages. She was finally ennobled by Umberto Eco, who would have liked to have dinner with the "most beautiful woman of the Middle Ages".

With its magnificent architecture, the Naumburg Cathedral in the heart of the city Naumburg UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightly so. As one of the most important cultural monuments of the High Middle Ages, it radiates a very special radiance. The realistic sculptures and impressive stained glass are just two of the many masterpieces of human creativity that you can discover in Naumburg Cathedral.

Naumburg Cathedral and Garden (c) Vereinigte Domstifter, Falko Matte

Would you like another insider tip?

Almost inconspicuous is the entrance to the Romanesque Elisabeth Chapel. The reward is all the greater for it: the room glows with a warm atmosphere! Friendly red light surrounds the precious stone sculpture of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia, especially on sunny afternoons. It falls through the three modern stained glass windows designed by the world-famous painter Neo Rauch. With his three-part scene from the life of the saint, he underlines the impressive nature of the sculpture. After all, it is the oldest stone representation of Elisabeth as a saint.

Have you become curious? Or would you prefer a complete guided tour of the cathedral? How about a look inside the Exhibition "The Way and Works of the Naumburg Master? Let yourself be enchanted!

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