About Hildesheim and Germany

A short introduction to Hildesheim
Unique World Cultural Heritage sites, world-famous exhibits, historical half-timbered buildings, a colourful cultural scene with a beautiful picturesque surrounding countryside – your stay in Hildesheim promises to be very interesting.


UNESCO World Heritage in Hildesheim

St. Michael´s
Church St. Michael, built in 1010-1022 by Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim, is regarded as one of the key works of medieval architecture, especially in Germany. Between the North Sea and the Alps there is no other Romanesque building that is more important or comparable with St. Michael.
So Hildesheim is a center of Romanesque art, caused by the magnificent architecture of St. Michael’s Church and its monumental evidence of medieval features.
The equipment parts of the 12 and 13 Century are very gorgeous: The nearly 30-meter-long wooden painted ceiling (around 1230) represents the family tree of Jesus Christ and is the most monumental work of its kind in Europe. As nowhere else in Germany, it supplies a good overview of the design and installation of a Romanesque church interior.
The St. Michael’s Church celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2010.

Cathedral of Hildesheim
The cathedral of Hildesheim, was started to build by Bishop Altfried in 872 and completed in 1061 by Bishop Hezilo.
Because of a relics miracle, Emperor Louis the Pious built a Lady Chapel in 815 on the present cathedral square. This old tradition characterizes the “thousand years old rosebush”, which surrounds the apse of the cathedral, as the place where the city and diocese of Hildesheim owe their origin.
The medieval interior of the cathedral (light crowns, reliquaries and bronze fonts) is unique in Europe. An outstanding artistic achievement are primarily the two monumental bronze works from the early 11th Century: the column of Christ and the Bernward door.
Also the cathedral´s treasure is one of the great church treasures of Europe. The collected precious objects of more than a thousand years are testimonies of lived faith.
Currently, the cathedral is fully restored and opens its doors in August 2014, celebrating its 1200th anniversary right before the opening of the ICCPR 2014.


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A short introduction to Germany
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