|Hildesheim Cathedral after Bombing on March 22, 1945|
Last Saturday, February 6, was the first sunny day we've had here in a very long time, so I went to Hildesheim to explore the many churches and the cathedral museum. The train from Braunschweig to Hildesheim only takes about 25 minutes, so it was a quick ride! While walking from the train station to find the first church on my list, I stumble upon the Marktplatz (market place) which is lined with INCREDIBLE half-timbered buildings! Both of these buildings I photographed were originally built in the 16th century, destroyed during WWII, and then rebuilt in the 1950's and 1960's. Totally to die for! I stared at these lovely bits of eye candy for a bit before heading along on my route.
I first visited St. Andreas, originally built during the 12th and 13th centuries. It is a pretty church with fun 1960's stained glass windows.
|Stained glass windows in St. Andreas, 1966|
|St. Andreas in 2016|
|St. Andreas before WWII|
Next on the agenda was St. Michael's. What a treat! St. Michael's was a Benedictine monastery, built in the 11th and 12th centuries. The 13th-century painted wooden ceiling was absolutely incredible! I must have had a crick in my neck for days after wandering around staring up for so long!! The tomb of Bishop Bernward and the crypts under the altar were also totally cool.
|Note Bishop Bernward in the foreground and the painted ceiling above the central aisle|
|Detail of small reliquary capsule on the sculpture of Bishop Bernward|
|13th-Century Painted Wooden Ceilings|
|11th-Century Bronze Doors, Hildesheim Cathedral|
|I included my hand in this to show the scale of these massive doors.|
|For scale... A little old lady by the doors|
|Labors of Adam and Eve-- Adam sows the field while Eve nurses Cain or Abel|
|"Thousand-Year Rose Bush"|
|Head-Shaped Reliquary, ca. 1450-1500|
|Embroidery with Kings and Prophets, ca. 1400|
|Bishop's Shoes (LOL), ca. 1150|
|Embroidery with Life of St. Margaret of Antioch, ca. 1400|
|Antik Cafe & Pfannkuchenhaus|
|Pfannkuchen with Mixed Veggies and Mozzarella|