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At the beginning of the Passiontide, the side wings of the Cranach-Triegel Altarpiece will be closed until the Easter Vigil as part of the first Passiontide service on 17 February 2024. This means that the centrepiece created by Michael Triegel depicting the Virgin Mary and the two original side wings created by Lucas Cranach the Elder depicting the Apostles Philip and James the Younger and the Apostle James the Elder and Saint Mary Magdalene will remain hidden. However, the back of the centre section with the Risen Christ as "Salvator Mundi" remains visible.

During Passiontide, the "Tradition of Fasting and Celebration" is also presented to visitors as part of a special tour every Saturday at 3.00 pm.

Further information can be found here.

Download the audio guide for your visit to Naumburg Cathedral here.

Welcome to the UNESCO-World Heritage Site of Naumburg Cathedral

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Naumburg is one of Europe’s most important cultural monuments from the high middle ages and is a major visitor attraction on the “Romanesque Route”. One of the cathedral’s most impressive features are the twin choir screens which separate the choirs from the nave. It is the only church in the world to contain two choir screens from the high medieval period!

The West Choir with its choir screen and 12 statues depicting the church’s donors, which date back to the mid-thirteenth century, forms the cathedral’s biggest attraction. Crafted by the Naumburg Master, the statue known as Uta is particularly special and is said to depict the “most beautiful woman of the middle ages”.

The Naumburg Cathedral is an institution of the Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg und Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz, a non-profit foundation under public law.

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Patrons wanted - new donation project for Naumburg Cathedral

The church is donated to them, they give it their name and stand on it in a sublime and protective manner: the patron saints of Naumburg Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul.

Learn more about the project and help to preserve the patron saints.

Alter Bischofshof - Pension at the Naumburg Cathedral

Stay overnight on the sunny side of the Naumburg Cathedral in the Old Bishop's Court.

Triegel meets Cranach - The altar of Mary in Naumburg Cathedral

Learn here all about the unique work of art that returned to Naumburg Cathedral in December 2023.

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Experience world heritage

The cathedral is one of the most important cultural monuments of the European High Middle Ages, its architecture, stained glass and sculpture are unique in the world.

The KinderDomBauhütte introduces children and young people, but also adults, to the fascinating world of 13th century building lodges.

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guided tours

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Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg und Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz

This public foundation’s roots date back to the 10th century. The Vereinigte Domstifter (Combined Cathedral Chapters of Merseburg and Naumburg and the Collegiate Church of Zeitz) oversee the administration of both Naumburg and Merseburg Cathedrals, plus the Chapter Library in Zeitz and various other properties. Today, the foundation’s remit includes preserving its rich cultural heritage and promoting current services with benefits for society.

www.vereinigte-domstifter.de

Merseburg Imperial Cathedral

The Cathedral’s foundation stones were laid 1,000 years ago by the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Germany Henry II and his wife Cunigunde, the only Emperor and Empress to be canonised. The bishopric of Merseburg gained widespread renown thanks to Bishop Thietmar who recorded European events of his time in a world-famous chronical. Priceless works of art transport visitors back to the middle ages. A number of organ recitals throughout the year, provides visitors to the Cathedral with the opportunity to experience the unique sound of the romantic-era Ladegast organ. The organ was chosen by George Clooney as the central element in the finale of his film “The Monuments Men”.

www.merseburger-dom.de

Zeitz Chapter Library

The chapter library in Zeitz hosts a large number of extraordinary treasures. The oldest and most important literary collection in Saxony-Anhalt includes items dating back to the middle ages and early modern period. It is unique to find so many historical items together in one place, and on display across several grand rooms. A life-sized statue of Bishop Julius Pflug welcomes visitors into his study.

www.stiftsbibliothek-zeitz.de

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