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A first missionary church was already founded in 777 when Charlemagne built the first palace (Pfalz) on the hill above the Pader springs. The diocese of Paderborn was founded in 799 when the future emperor met Pope Leo III in this very location to negotiate the coronation which then took place at Christmas 800 in Rome. So Paderborn made European history. This location was surrounded by territory of the pagan Saxons and played an important role both in their military suppression and in the mission.
The first Bishop was Hathumar (806-815). The present Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker is the 65th Bishop and 4th Archbishop of Paderborn.
The cathedral in its present shape was erected in the 13th century. Repairs and minor redesigns have taken place in the run of the centuries, though. The firestorm of 1945 has left the cathedral standing but the stones of the facades were burnt. The outside needed a new ‘skin’. The facades have, stone by stone, been substituted by new material in the old shape. The big sturdy steeple, built in the 13th century, is Paderborn’s landmark and visible from almost everywhere in town, thus a good point of orientation.
From Market square you enter the cathedral through the Paradise Porch. Stop for a moment and see the sculptures of the Romanesque portal with the Madonna onn the central pillar, the holy Bishops Liborius and Kilian on the wooden doors, sic disciples and Saint Julian and Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
Directions: Impossible to miss. The big steeple is visible from almost everywhere and a very helpful landmark to find your way in the city.
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