Welcome to Merseburg Cathedral!

A thousand years ago, Merseburg was one of the most important residences of Henry II and Cunigunde, the only imperial couple ever to be canonised. They were responsible for laying the foundation stones of a cathedral in which centuries of art would be immortalised, and were the reason it rose to become one of the most important cathedral buildings in Germany. The Bishopric of Merseburg became widely known through Bishop Thietmar, whose world-famous chronicle provides insight into the events surrounding the imperial cathedral.

As part of the cathedral and palace complex, today it is a jewel on the “Romanesque Road”. The altar reredos, sculptures, epitaphs, paintings and manuscripts on display in the cathedral and cathedral treasury, including the famous Merseburg Incantations, are of particular cultural and historical importance. The Romantic Ladegast organ offers a special kind of musical experience.

Merseburg Cathedral is an institution of the Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg und Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz, a non-profit foundation under public law.


– Es gibt keine Einschränkungen mehr im Merseburger Dom. Wir empfehlen, einen Mundnasenschutz zu tragen. Im KinderDomusMerseburch ist das Tragen eines Mundnasenschutzes weiter Pflicht. 



Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Experience the Cathedral in 360°

360° Panorama Naumburger Dom

Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg und Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz

This public foundation’s roots date back to the 10th century. The Vereinigte Domstifter (Combined Cathedral Chapters of Merseburg and Naumburg and the Collegiate Church of Zeitz) oversee the administration of both Naumburg and Merseburg Cathedrals, plus the Chapter Library in Zeitz and various other properties. Today, the foundation’s remit includes preserving its rich cultural heritage and promoting current services with benefits for society.


Naumburg Cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Naumburg is one of the most important cultural monuments from the European High Middle Ages and is a major visitor attraction on the “Romanesque Road”. The two rood screens separating the choirs from the nave are particularly impressive. It is the only church in the world to house two rood screens from the High Middle Ages! The main highlight is the West Choir with the rood screen and its 12 statues from the middle of the 13th century, depicting the cathedral’s donors. Among these works by the Naumburg Master, the statue of Uta, in particular, is said to depict the “most beautiful woman of the Middle Ages”.


Zeitz Chapter Library

The chapter library in Zeitz hosts a large number of extraordinary treasures. The oldest and most important literary collection in Saxony-Anhalt includes items dating back to the middle ages and early modern period. It is unique to find so many historical items together in one place, and on display across several grand rooms. A life-sized statue of Bishop Julius Pflug welcomes visitors into his study.


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