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Minster - Cathedral, Konstanz: 17 reviews and 67 photos

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One of the highlights for me was the crypt - it is a remaining part of the previous church and was built in the 9th, enlarged in the 10th century. In the crypt you can see the originals of the golden discs that were originally placed at the eastern outside of the choir, greeting the people approaching Konstanz by boat from afar. The largest of the golden discs has a diameter of almost 2 m and depicts a blessing Jesus Christ (maiestas domini). It was probably created in the 10th century, but this is questioned by the scientists. The three smaller discs were made in the 13th century. All of them are stunning - copper plates on wood with gold coating.

You get to the crypt by walking down a few steps from the Thomas choir to the Konradi chapel. This chapel holds the (empty) tomb of Saint Konrad, the patron of the bishopry, from the 14th century. Above the tomb you see an excellent late-Gothic altar from 1524 (main picture).

Another highlight is the Mauritius rotonda, accessible from the cloisters (only two wings of the Gothic cloisters are preserved). The rotonda was built in the 13th century, the Gothic high vault is from the 15th century. Recently frescos from the Renaissance were found and restored in a side chapel (pic 5). The rotonda's main sight, however, is the holy sepulchre which was created around the year 1500. It has the shape of a small dodecagonal temple, modeled after the original in Jerusalem. Please have a closer look at all the figures and sculptures and beautiful details.

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  • Updated Feb 21, 2011
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