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Cathedral of Halle (Saale)

Cathedral of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

In the beginning the later cathedral of Halle was a church built by the Dominican. Traditionally churches of a medicant order don’t have a tower. The lovely gables were added by Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. Today is is just a church again but people of Halle still call the edifice a Dom (cathedral).

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Handrail at the cathedral of Naumburg (Saale)

Detail of a handrail in the Naumburg Cathedral in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

Inside the Naumburg Cathedral (13th century) in Naumburg (Saale) there are fascinating as well as fun details to see at some handrails. The handrails are decorated with persons, animals and mythical creatures. Some of them made me think the way to heaven is probably arduous.

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St. Wenceslaus Church in Naumburg (Saale)

St. Wenceslaus Church (Wenzelkirche) in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

The church of St. Wenceslaus (Stadtpfarrkirche St. Wenzel) was built in 15th century. Inside it is famous for paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a Baroque organ named Hildebrand Orgel. The viewing platform at the tower of the church (Wenzelsturm) is a great place for taking pictures of the city.

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St. Aegidius’ Chapel in Naumburg (Saale)

St. Aegidius' Chapel in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

The St. Aegidius’ Chapel (Ägidienkapelle) was part of the medieval cathedral curia. Today is this 13th century chapel part of the southern route of the Romanesque Road (Straße der Romanik) in Saxony-Anhalt.

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West portal of St Nicholas’ Church in Stralsund

West portal of St. Nicholas' Church in Stralsund, Germany

St. Nicholas’ Church (Nikolaikirche) is the oldest of the three major parish churches in Stralsund. It was dedicated in 1279 to St. Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of sailors.  Inside the astronomical clock dating back to 14th century is worth a visit.

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St. Nicholas’ Church in Stralsund

St. Nicholas' Church in Stralsund, Germany

View of St. Nicholas’ Church (Nikolaikirche) taken while crusing the Strela Sound with a snug sailing boat. A speciality of this church are the different roofs of the towers. Only the southern tower is covered with a Baroque roof, the other tower has a nearly flat one.

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Church Sankt Jodok in Mittelberg

Church Sankt Jodok in Mittelberg, Austria

The church was named after Jodok (Saint Judoc) who had lived in 7th century. The church was first mentioned in 14th century. An interesting architectural detail: The church is protected against avalanches by a chapel in front of its main entrance.

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Walpurgiskirche in Sankt Michael

Walpurgiskirche in Sankt Michael in Obersteiermark, Austria

On a train journey from Leoben to Knittelfeld, I pass this church. The building looks gothic. Is it worth a visit?

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Pfarrkirche Hl. Katharina in Lermoos

Pfarrkirche Hl. Katharina in Lermoos, Austria

The parish church Hl. Katharina (St. Catherine) is a baroque church dating back to 18th century. Inside there are works by Martin Falbesoner from Nassereith and Giuseppe Gru from Verona. I was especially impressed by the shape of this window which reminded me of a bee.

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Coptic Orthodox Church in Vienna

Coptic Orthodox Church in Vienna, Austria

The church named ‘Koptische Kirche der Heiligen Jungfrau von Zeitoun’ had been inaugurated by Pope Shenouda III in 2004. The interior has been produced in Egypt or was used in Egyptian monasteries in earlier times. I am especially impressed by the architecture of the church which reminds me of the ancient basilicas.

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A hotel with a chapel in Bad Gastein

Chapel at Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein, Austria

Big surprise. The hotel which was used as a home for prelates in earlier times offers a chapel on one of its floors. I was very impressed by the light inside the chapel which was determined by the design of the windows.

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Chapel St Sebastian in Hinterbichl

Chapel St Sebastian in Hinterbichl, Austria

A chapel seen in Hinterbichl, a district of Prägraten am Großvenediger. The chapel was built in 1710 and offers an interesting sundial. More…