A Memorable German City

 

Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Severi Church

When we visited the Luther sites in our trip to Germany in 1983, we went to Erfurt to see where Martin Luther was ordained in the Erfurt Cathedral in 1507. This imposing structure sits at the crest of a hill in the city. 



Sheer size of the cathedral
While we were in Germany this summer, we again visited Erfurt. The size is just as impressive today as it was back then. 


The size of the building can't really be described. The altar is so far away when you're in the middle of the church that you don't realize that the candle sticks are as tall as a person. 
View of the altar


I remember on our first visit that a woman was working on the main altar in the cathedral. She stood on top of the altar, changing the candle in the candlestick, which was her height! 

Looking toward the organ


The organ is massive also. I can't imagine worshipping in this cathedral every Sunday. I wish we could have heard music soaring to the rafters in the massive space. 




Across from Cathedral Square



The rest of Erfurt is much more colorful than it was in 1983. Then this city was part of East Germany. We said that the rulers of this communist country didn't know what paint was. Everything was dirty and gray. 


Every color of the rainbow



Today the buildings in the city of Erfurt are colorful and quaint as seen in the pictures. It was a joy to walk through the streets of this bright city in August. 


A creek added to the scenery

I loved the blue trim








Put Erfurt on your bucket list for sure.

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