Essential Architecture-  Frankfort on the Main (Frankfurt am Main)

Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral Kaiserdom

architect

Madern Gertner

location

Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany

date

1248-1877

style

Gothic

construction

Stone

type

Church
 
 
 
  Above- 1850, 1867 (before the alterations made after the fire) and 1905 
   
 
 
 
 
   
The venerable gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, a church of "apostolic majesty" and profound historic importance, has been one of the very few great churches in the German lands to be elevated to the status of "Kaiserdom" or Imperial Cathedral. For centuries - from 1356 until 1792 - it served as the church for the election and and after 1562 the coronation of all German Emperors.

The cathedral was begun in 1248 with a reconstruction to replace that of the Carolingian Salvator Church of 840, but was not completed until over 600 years later, in 1877. In that year, 10 years after a fire severely damaged the church, the tower, one of the most unique and beautiful steeples in Europe, was completed according to the plans of its medieval master architect, Madern Gertner.

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With thanks to http://altfrankfurt.com , a website devoted to pre-war Frankfurt images.
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