As the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, Cologne’s Cathedral gets a lot of love in words and pictures for its size and splendour. But the distinction of oldest Gothic church in Germany goes to Magdeburg. The church is the city’s landmark and the church’s benefactor is part of the city’s nickname as “Ottostadt”. The full name of the church is “Dom zu Magdeburg St. Mauritius und Katharina”, or Magdeburg Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice, reflecting the history at this very location since the 10th-century.
Magdeburg Cathedral is important because:
- it’s the burial place for Otto the Great, the first German Holy Roman Emperor,
- it’s the first church constructed in Gothic style on German soil, and
- it’s the largest consecrated space in east Germany.