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Bamberg Cathedral Dome and Riddle of the Rider

One of the seven imperial cathedrals of the Holy Roman Empire was constructed under the auspices of Henry II in the beginning of the 11th century. Its main entrance – the so-called Imperial Gate – is decorated with figures of apostles and prophets, as well as a bas-relief with motives of the Judgment Day.

Inside you will be attracted by burial-vaults of Henry II, his wife Cunigunde and Pope Clement II. Pope was raised to the Vatican throne by the emperor Henry III but died a sudden death after 10 months. On one of the pillars in the northern nave of the cathedral you can see the famous figure of the Bamberg rider created in 1240. The prototype for the rider was presumably one of the emperors but it is still unknown who exactly. The sculpture is considered a masterpiece of the German medieval art and a symbol of Bamberg.

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