Limburg an der Lahn, Germany – Limburger Dom
Limburger Dom is a Catholic Cathedral located above the town of Limburg (Limburg an der Lahn), at the edge of the town rather than in the city center. It is believed that the Cathedral was built in the 8th century, and the chapel was added in the 9th century. The location of the Limburger Dom provides a breathtaking view to the visitors from far away. I took the pictures of the Dom at the highway, from the bridge over the Lahn river. The building looks like a magnificent castle from a far, it looks like a castle from a far. The only other building that can rival the view is the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein located in Bavaria. Near by, along the Lahn river there are multiple sites to park your recreational vehicle.
The Limburger Dom very different to usual Gothic buildings you see everywhere in Germany, and I really recommend to visit it if you are in that part of Germany. Most of the cathedrals in Germany are of the Gothic architectural style, and Limburger Dom looks very unusual in comparison. It has a polychrome plaster of mostly red color. Romanesque style was transformed into the Gothic style in the 12th century. Limburger Dom is a showpiece of the Romanesque architecture, which was characterized by semi-circular forms of arches, Gothic style is characterized by pointed arches and darker colors. The building is very well preserved in it’s original form, and considered to be one of the important architectural landmarks in Germany. That’s why the Limburger Dom was featured on the reversed side of the 1000 DM banknote.
The picture of the Limburg an der Lahn in 1655 (courtesy of Wikipedia)