Churches, Crypts, and Pretzels??
This was another church maybe 1000 feet from the cathedral we were going to tour. It was on the street behind the walkplatz and was ‘newer,’ by European standards 😉
We knew before we went in that it would be amazing. We weren’t disappointed. This was the first cathedral either of us have been inside of this magnitude and age. The cathedral was commissioned in 1024, but construction didn’t start until 1030. It is the largest Romanesque Cathedral in Germany. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story 🙂
This cathedral is designed in the image of a ‘cross’, as most cathedrals were in the time. This section is left side of the church or where the ‘left hand’ would be for a crucifix. The two lights were where people could kneel for individual prayers.
And then we went into the crypt!! I’ll be honest, I was VERY excited. It was our first crypt, ever, and absolutely amazing 🙂 They had original hand copied bibles with hand drawn and colored pictures. I can’t remember what the pictures are called, but pretty sure they have a technical name.
The crypt was dimly lit and different than I expected. It was cool in temperature, which I did expect, but had high ceilings and was much more open than I anticipated. It had a prayer area which would probably be able to accommodate 50+ people.
This was where the actual kings were buried.
This tomb was in the side of the wall and upon ‘translating’ it roughly with my 2 years of Latin from Mr. Poland, determined that it was Henry V! Thanks Mr. Poland 🙂
We walked out of the cathedral and the parade was about to begin on the walkplatz. The flags marked the beginning of the parade! Notice how there are a LOT of people, but enough room that we could still be on the front row so Madelyn could see the different groups.
This was a group of ladies in dirndls – the dresses you usually think of when you think of Germany. Apparently, we’ve all been duped into thinking this is how women used to dress! I’ve been told that it was sort of a ‘marketing ploy’ by Bavaria to get people to visit area. Nonetheless, when in southern Germany, you will see lots of women wearing them as their uniform while at work. They are expensive to buy – I’ve seen ones in Madelyn’s size for like 70 Euro (almost $100!) so she doesn’t have one yet 😉
Most parade floats in the US toss candy (if they can throw anything), but this parade threw pretzels! It was kinda cool 🙂
And this float was for a farming group and threw fresh carrots! Germany is awesome!
Churches, crypts, and pretzels seemed to be the perfect way to spend a Sunday in Germany 🙂