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  Hildesheim Cathedral
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This cathedral has a wonderful legend. Louis the Pious, son of Charlemange received his name because he always carried a little box with him filled with religious relicts, which he lost here while hunting. The next day he found it frozen to a rose bush, even though it hadn't been cold the night before. He decided that this was a sign from heaven and had a monastery and a cathedral built here, and the rose bush is still alive, after 1200 years!
Bernward, Bishop of Hildesheim from 993 until 1022, wanted to make himself immortal, and endeavoured to become a saint by donating numerous religious works of art to the church here.
In the former Benedictine Abbey, St. Michael's and the Hildesheim cathedral, you can see numerous beautiful works of religious artwork from the Holy Roman Empire. The basilica with it's double choir balcony is an unique example of Romanesque architecture out of the Otto Period.
They have quite a few exquisite religious bronze sculptures in the cathedral to see. Bernward the bishop brought this bronze casting technology with him from the orient and Hildesheim became known for it's bronze artists while he was bishop.
You can visit the Cathedral Museum from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. They have guided tours on Sundays at 3 p.m. Admission costs 3.50 ?

Address: Domhof 4, D-31134 Hildesheim
Phone: (0049-5121) 17916-40 Fax: -44
Website: http://www.dommuseum-hildesheim.de

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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