Paderborn Cathedral

Paderborn Cathedral

Paderborn Cathedral

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Paderborn Cathedral () is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paderborn. It is located in the city centre of Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary, Saint Kilian and Saint Liborius.

Architecture and history

The building is a hall church (i.e. with three aisles all reaching to the height of the roof) in a transitional Romanesque-Gothic style. The cathedral is mainly of the 13th century. The western tower of the 12th century is 93 m high. The relics of Saint Liborius are kept in the crypt, which is with a length of 32 m one of Germany's largest crypts.The relics of Liborius were translated with great ceremony to Paderborn from Le Mans, of which Liborius had been bishop, in 836 during the reign of Emperor Louis the Pious. To commemorate this event the nine-day-long Libori fair is still celebrated in Paderborn every year.

External dimensions

  • Length: 104 m
  • Width: 52 m
  • Height: 28 m
  • Height of the tower: 93 m

Points of especial interest

Window of Three Hares (Dreihasenfenster)

One of the cathedral's, and the city's, most recognisable features is the Dreihasenfenster ("Window of Three Hares"). It depicts three hares in motion, arranged in a triangle. Each hare is...
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