In the Naumburg Cathedral

44 natural and cultural heritage sites in Germany are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They include architectural and artistic masterpieces, diverse cultural landscapes and parks, unique natural areas and testimonies of social and technological developments. In their entirety, they bear witness to the diversity of Germany's natural and cultural heritage.

Located in the eastern part of the Thuringian Basin, the Cathedral of Naumburg, whose construction began in 1028, is an outstanding testimony to medieval art and architecture. Its Romanesque structure, flanked by two Gothic choirs, demonstrates the stylistic transition from late Romanesque to early Gothic. The west choir, dating to the first half of the 13th century, reflects changes in religious practice and the appearance of science and nature in the figurative arts. The choir and life-size sculptures of the founders of the Cathedral are masterpieces of the workshop known as the ‘Naumburg Master’.

The twelve donor statues - including the statue of Uta von Ballenstedt - as well as the Westlettner with the Passion relief and the crucifixion group on the portal are to be emphasized. They are an integral part of the west choir, which is a complete work of art and an exceptional example of medieval architecture.

The workshop of the Naumburg master, established at the beginning of the 13th century, was an expression of the cultural exchange lived in Europe during the High Middle Ages in view of its pan-European character. It acted as a pioneer of groundbreaking innovations in contemporary architecture and sculpture.


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