This most beautiful vaulted church defines the skyline of the city of Freiberg. The external simplicity of the Cathedral forms a stark contrast to the richly decorated interior. The religious artworks of different eras draw tens of thousands of art- and organ music-lovers to the Cathedral every year.
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- Side entrance B (closed) via 1 doorstep of 4 cm and inside ramp (13% gradient, 2 m length)
- Please register at Cathedral Information (no steps, door 100 cm)
- Easily Access to "Goldene Pforte" via ramp (18% gradient, 2.2 m length) and 2 mobile ramps
Henry, later called “the Pious”, the son of Albert of Saxony and brother of Duke George the Bearded, formulated his own individual policies in his dominions. While there is evidence that his wife Catherine had started following Luther since 1525, Henry approached the teachings of the Reformer more gradually. The royal couple first heard Luther preach during a stay in Torgau in 1531. Five years later a Protestant preacher took office in Freiberg and in 1537 the Eucharist was celebrated for the first time in both forms in Freiberg Cathedral. The first Superintendent, Nicholas Hausmann, a close friend of Luther, died a year later during his inaugural speech in the famous “tulip pulpit”, a masterpiece of the sculptor Hans Witten. After the death of George the Bearded, who after the death of his sons had tried by all means to prevent his brother succeeding him, Henry introduced the Reformation into the Duchy of Saxony. After two and a half years’ regency, Henry died of natural causes and was the first member of the Wettin family to be buried in Freiberg Cathedral. More mysterious is the death of his son, Elector Maurice, at the age of only 32 after the Battle of Sievershausen, where he died of a seemingly harmless bullet wound. His armor with the bullet hole is now in Freiberg Cathedral, where he was laid to rest. The enormous, three-story Moritz Monument with the life-size kneeling figure of the Elector occupies the center of the Electoral funeral chapel, the most important work of Mannerism north of the Alps.