Uta’s World

UNESCO World Heritage Site Naumburg Cathedral

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One woman has been enchanting visitors to Naumburg Cathedral for generations – Uta of Naumburg. Her appearance and her demeanor have shaped the image of the medieval noblewoman. Many consider her the most beautiful woman of the Middle Ages.

She is one of the twelve statues of benefactors in the west choir sculpted by the Naumburg Master in the mid-13th century. A multifaceted cult grew up around her, which persists to this day. Her image is found in innumerable art history publications, in paintings and on postcards. She loaned her face to the evil queen in the Disney film “Snow White”, among others.

A unique specimen of medieval architecture and art, Uta is part of the ensemble to which Naumburg Cathedral owes its inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018. The cathedral’s west choir integrating architecture, sculpture and stained glass is a masterpiece of human creativity. The Naumburg Master’s workshop stands for the cultural exchange practiced in Europe during the High Middle Ages. It pioneered groundbreaking innovations in contemporaneous architecture and sculpture.

Visit Uta and explore her world at Naumburg Cathedral. The west choir of Naumburg Cathedral where she is located is the most important early Gothic architectonic creation in Central Germany. The Naumburg Master placed the twelve statues of benefactors on a raised walkway incorporated in the architecture. Along with being the artistic highlight in Naumburg Cathedral, they are exceptional European Gothic sculptural creations.

The west chancel screen with a large elaborately designed portal is the sole entrance to the west choir. A relief of the Passion features eight different scenes. Different vegetal capitals display an astounding variety of over thirty botanically accurate and identifiable plant species.

The highlight of the west chancel screen is the Crucifixion scene. Everyone who walks through the portal to the west choir becomes a witness to Christ’s sacrificial death in an unusually accessible and natural composition. Christ no longer appears here as a distant Savior, but rather as the sacrificed Son of man. Precisely this portrayal of Jesus on the cross reveals the pleasure in studying nature, which is so unexpected for the High Middle Ages and sets the Naumburg Master and his workshop apart as one-of-a-kind.

The Chapel of Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia is located on the ground floor of the northwest tower. One of the oldest sculptures of the saint from the period shortly after her canonization is preserved here. The chapel’s windows featuring scenes from the saint’s life were designed by Leipzig artist Neo Rauch.

The cathedral’s sacral treasures are fittingly displayed in the cathedral treasury vault. Entering the room is an experience in and of itself since it is one of the largest Romanesque vaults in Central Germany. Mary Magdalene painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder enchants visitors. The Naumburg Pietà with its unusual expressiveness is quite moving. The Johannesschale with John the Baptist’s decapitated head is sensational. The colossal choirbook weighing forty-five kilograms is imposing.

Idyllic ponds and nature in flower are located among historic walls in the cathedral garden of nearly one hectare. Plants from the Saale-Unstrut region thrive in the “Naumburg Master’s Garden”. They served the creator of the west choir and west chancel screen as models for the roughly 200 botanically accurate and identifiable filigree foliate ornaments on the capitals, friezes and bosses.

Children and adults can discover the fascinating world of a medieval stonemasons’ lodge in our Children’s Cathedral Stonemasons’ Lodge. Projects for school classes, creative programs for adults, vacation programs and children’s birthday parties deliver experiences for every age, which make learning about Naumburg Cathedral’s cultural treasures fun.

Experience the cathedral in 360º

Naumburg Cathedral

MARCH TO OCTOBER
Mondays-Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays/church holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY
Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sundays/church holidays 12 – 4 p.m.
December 24 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
December 31 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

EINTRITTSPREISE

 Regular admissionGroups of 15 or more
Adults€ 6,50 € 6,00
Professional interns, university student, unemployment benefit recipients, 50% disabled or more€ 4,50€ 4,00
School students€ 3,00€ 2,50
Family ticket€ 17,00

COMBINED
NAUMBURG/MERSEBURG CATHEDRAL TICKET

  
Adults€ 11,00
Professional interns, university student, unemployment benefit recipients, 50% disabled or more€ 7,50
School students€ 5,00

GUIDED TOURS

March to October

Mondays-Thursdays10 a.m.2 p.m.  
Fridays-Saturdays10 a.m.2 p.m.4 p.m. 
Sundays church holidays12 a.m.2 p.m.4 p.m. 

November to February

Mondays-Thursdays11 a.m.   
Fridays-Saturdays11 a.m.2 p.m.  
Sundays/church holidays12 a.m.2 p.m.  

We offer an extensive range of different guided tours for tour groups.

Learn more …

NAUMBURG CATHEDRAL
Domplatz 16/17 | 06618 Naumburg
Phone+49 (0) 3445 23 01-133
fuehrung@naumburger-dom.de
www.naumburger-dom.de

Provider: Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg and Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz, Stiftung öffentlichen Rechts, Domplatz 19, 06618 Naumburg

MARCH TO OCTOBER

Mondays-Saturdays
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sundays/church holidays
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY

Mondays-Saturdays
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sundays/church holidays
12 – 4 p.m.

December 24
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

December 31
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Adults
€ 6,50 | (€ 6,00 Groups of 15 or more)

Professional interns, university student, unemployment benefit recipients, 50% disabled or more
€ 4,50 | (€ 4,00 Groups of 15 or more)

School students
€ 3,00 | (€ 2,50 Groups of 15 or more)

Family ticket
€ 17,00

COMBINED NAUMBURG/MERSEBURG CATHEDRAL TICKET

Adults
€ 11,00

Professional interns, university student, unemployment benefit recipients, 50% disabled or more
€ 7,50

School students
€ 5,00

March to October

Mondays-Thursdays
10 a.m. | 2 p.m.

Fridays-Saturdays
10 a.m. | 2 p.m. | 4 p.m.

Sundays church holidays
12 a.m. | 2 p.m. | 4 p.m.

November bis Februar

Mondays-Thursdays
11 a.m.

Fridays-Saturdays
11 a.m. | 2 p.m.

Sundays church holidays
12 a.m. | 2 p.m.

We offer an extensive range of different guided tours for tour groups.

Learn more …

NAUMBURG CATHEDRAL
Domplatz 16/17 | 06618 Naumburg
Phone+49 (0) 3445 23 01-133
fuehrung@naumburger-dom.de
www.naumburger-dom.de

Provider: Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg and Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz, Stiftung öffentlichen Rechts, Domplatz 19, 06618 Naumburg

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The Combined Cathedral Chapters of Merseburg and Naumburg and the Collegiate Chapter of Zeitz

The foundation’s roots date back to the 10th century. The Combined Cathedral Chapters are the supervisory board of the joint management of the cathedrals in Naumburg and Merseburg, the chapter library in Zeitz and other estates. Today, the mission of the foundation’s work is to preserve our rich cultural heritage and to promote relevant social services.

Imperial Cathedral of Merseburg

Henry II and Kunigunde, the only imperial couple to be canonized, laid the cornerstones of the cathedral 1,000 years ago. The Diocese of Merseburg was made widely known by Bishop Thietmar, whose world-famous chronicle provides insight into events in Europe of his day. Precious art treasures such as the bronze tomb slab of antiking Rudolf von Rheinfelden and the Romanesque hall crypt transport visitors into the medieval world. The Romantic-era Ladegast organ turns any visit to the cathedral during one of the numerous organ concerts into a unique tonal experience. George Clooney appreciated the organ, too, and chose it to be the main element of the final scene in the film “Monuments Men”.

Zeitz Chapter Library

The chapter library in Zeitz houses numerous remarkable treasures. Its medieval and early modern holdings are among the oldest and most important collections of books in Saxony-Anhalt. The unity of the holdings assembled over time, which can be admired here in various magnificent rooms, is unparalleled. A life-sized figure of Bishop Julius Pflug awaits visitors in his study.