The Bamberger Dom St. Peter und St. Georg – in English the Bamberg Cathedral (sometimes referred to as the “Imperial Cathedral”) is a magnificent cathedral in Bavaria, and well known throughout all of Germany. Completed in the 13th century, the cathedral is administered by the Roman Catholic Church and seats the Archbishop of Bamberg. Romanesque in architecture, four towers comprise most of what the cathedral is today. The original cathedral that was built here was constructed around 1012 A.D., and was badly burnt in a fire around 1080. The church was then re-built after this and construction ended in the mid or late 13th century.
The Statues and Sculptures of the Bamberg Cathedral
Statues and Sculptures are always an enticing aspect of historical cathedrals and the Bamberg Cathedral does not disappoint in this aspect. One of the statues featured in the cathedral is the Bamberg Horseman. Dating to the early 1200’s, it has been said that this statue depicting a man on a horse could be a liking of the Hungarian King Stephen I. This has no proof however, and the mystery of who actually the statue depicts continues to this day. The marble carvings depicting Henry II and his wife Empress Cunigunde who are buried at the cathedral are magnificent as well.
The only Pope who is not buried in either France or Italy is buried at the Bamberg Cathedral! Pope Clement II is bured here after only having been the Pope for 12 months.
The Bamberg Cathedral houses a very nice organ that sits on the north wall of the church. Built in 1976, the organ features four different likings of angels one on each corner of the organ case. There are over 35 concerts presented at the cathedral every year.