"Burial chapel and Prince Elector Moritz's cenotaph" Freiberg Things to Do Tip by german_eagle
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One of the highlights in the Dom (cathedral) is the High Choir which was converted into a burial chapel of the Lutheran rulers of Saxony (1541 - 1694), the Wettin family. The chapel is separated by a wrought-iron fence from the main nave so you can at least have a good view, guided tours often (mostly) include access to it.
The outstanding work of art is the cenotaph for Elector Duke Moritz, commissioned by his brother and successor August in 1555. It was designed by Benedetto and Gabriele della Tola from Brescia, and created by Antonius von Zerroen in Antwerp (1563).
Some of the best Renaissance artists and craftsmen worked on the redesign of the High Choir 1589 - 94. Giovanni Maria Nosseni designed it, Carlo di Cesare, a co-worker of Giambologna, and Pietro Boselli were some of the craftsmen who created the works of art. The result is similar to the Medici burial chapel in Firenze, unparalleled north of the Alps. The putti high up on the ceiling hold 21 original Renaissance music instruments, some of them totally unknown until the restoration of the High Choir. During restoration they were used for recordings of some music pieces from the era - available on CD.
The northern side chapel has a number of magnificent tin coffins, the southern side chapel was turned into a classicist burial place with Baroque sculptures by Permoser for the mother and aunt of King August the Strong.
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