ALTE SYNAGOGUE (0ld Synagogue)
is one of the few remaining medieval synagogues in Europe. It is a cultural and architectural treasure built in the 11th century. Much of the original structure still remains today; as, for example, all four massive exterior walls, the Romanesque twin window, the Gothic rose window and the entrance to the synagogue room. Since October 2009, an extensive treasure of medieval gold and silver dating from the 14th century is on display. Amongst other things it contains a Jewish wedding ring, one of only three left worldwide.
The security in this place was amazing. I toured using headphones and the history was told in great detail. (the use of the audio meant that I had to leave my Passport as security).
No photos of course and very difficult to find a spot outside from which I could see the building ( went into a car park nearby).
MARIENDOM UND ST.SEVERI
THE dominant group of buildings on the cathedral square are the two churches on the cathedral hill. The Catholic MARIENDOM (Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary), which dates back to a chapel founded by Bonifatius in 742, is on the left. The central cathedral tower houses a large bell called “Gloriosa” which was cast in 1497. This is the largest free swinging bell in the world. The catholic parish church, St . SEVERI was originally built as a Monastery Church(1280)
DOMPLATZ – looking down from the Cathedral steps you see cathedral square which covers almost two hectares. Until 1813 the northern part of the square was covered with residential buildings which were destroyed by the military hostilities between the Allies and the French. The original part of the square is paved with basalt stones.
Photographed when on a pre-dinner walk at 17:00, Temperature 2 degrees
Lovingly restored houses around the Cathedral Square (DOMPLATZ)