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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 mendicant order don’t have a tower. The lovely gables were added by Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. Today it is just a church again but people of Halle still call the edifice a Dom (cathedral).

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Chapel of Querfurt Castle in Saxony-Anhalt

Romanesque chapel at Querfurt Castle

The chapel of Querfurt Castle was built in the second half of the 12th century. It is located in the middle of the castle. Inside the chapel is decorated in a Baroque style. The tower behind the chapel is named Marterturm (Tower of Torture).

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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 the 15th century. Inside it is famous for paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a Baroque organ named Hildebrand Orgel. The viewing platform on top of the tower (Wenzelsturm) is a great place for taking pictures of the town.

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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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Parish church of Poysdorf

Parish church of Poysdorf, Austria

View of the parish church of Poysdorf (Pfarrkirche Poysdorf) taken from a nearby vineyard. I took this photo while joining a guided hiking tour through the vineyards of Poysdorf.

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Church of St Peter and Paul in Ptuj

St Peter and Paul church in Ptuj, Slovenia

In the past, the Church of St Peter and Paul (Cerkev sv. Petra in Pavla) was considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Slovenia. Following its destruction in World War II, the reconstructed version of the edifice still shapes the view of the city.

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Mariazell Basilica in Styria

Mariazell Basilica in Styria, Austria

The Marian basilica located in the Styrian place of Mariazell is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria and one of the most visited shrines in Europe. In front of the church you can see the typical stalls for pilgrimage places selling pilgrimage souvenirs (Wallfahrtswaren)

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Wooden church in Neuhaus am Rennweg

Wooden church in Neuhaus am Rennweg, Germany

This church in Neuhaus am Rennweg (Stadtkirche in Neuhaus am Rennweg) is considered as one of the largest wooden churches in the German state of Thuringia. The edifice was built in the style of neo-Gothic in 1892. Outside the church is slate-tiled which is typical for this part of Germany.

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Church of St. Cyriakus in Gernrode

St. Cyriakus in Gernrode, Germany

St. Cyriakus was built in 10th century and is an example of Ottonian architecture. Inside one can find a late 11th century copy of the grave of Christ. I was especially surprised by the fact that the layout of this church has a lack of right angles. The church is part of the Transromanica.