Fulda Cathedral

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St. Salvator Cathedral

Front view

Basic data
Denomination Roman Catholic
place Fulda , Germany
diocese Diocese of Fulda
Patronage St. Salvator
Building history
Client Adalbert von Schleifras
architect Johann Dientzenhofer
construction time April 23, 1704-1712
Building description
inauguration August 15, 1712
Architectural style Baroque
Construction type basilica
Function and title
Coordinates 50 ° 33 '15 "  N , 9 ° 40' 18.3"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 33 '15 "  N , 9 ° 40' 18.3"  E
Domplatz with cathedral and Michaelskirche

The cathedral St. Salvator zu Fulda (High Cathedral of Fulda) is the cathedral church of the diocese of Fulda and, as the grave church of St. Boniface, the destination of the Boniface pilgrimage . It represents the center of the Fulda baroque quarter and is also the landmark of the city of Fulda. Under Prince Abbot Adalbert von Schleifras , it was built by Johann Dientzenhofer from 1704 to 1712 as a three-aisled basilica and consecrated on August 15, 1712 as the patronage of Christ Salvator . The cathedral initially served as the abbey church of the Fulda monastery and became the cathedral of the prince-bishopric in 1752.


The north tower of the cathedral damaged by fire in 1905. Right the Romanesque Michaelskirche.
(Photography: Albrecht Meydenbauer )
The high cathedral in Fulda as seen from the tower of the city palace
View of the monastery (1655). The Ratgar Basilica, the predecessor church of the cathedral, can be seen in the center

The financial basis for the construction of the new cathedral - at that time still a collegiate church - as well as the new abbot's palace had been created by the notorious thrift of the previous abbot Placidus von Droste . The plans for the cathedral were made in 1700 by one of the most important German baroque master builders, Johann Dientzenhofer (1663–1726), who was recommended by the Pope as master builder after a study trip to Rome in 1699, on behalf of Prince Abbot Adalbert von Schleifras . The cathedral in Fulda with the deliberate alignment of its internal system with St. Peter's Basilica is artistic proof of Dientzenhofer's study trip. The previous building, the Ratgar Basilica , once the largest basilica north of the Alps, was abandoned in favor of the new cathedral before construction began on April 23, 1704 in the current Baroque style. The foundations of the Ratgar basilica were partly used. The shell was completed in 1707, covered in 1708 and the interior was designed by 1712. The cathedral was consecrated on August 15, 1712. On the consecration plaque placed by Prince Abbot Adalbert von Schleifras on the facade, only Christ Salvator is given as the title of the church. The baroque new building served as the abbey church of the Benedictines and the Holy Sepulcher of St. Boniface and was only elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1752 .

On the occasion of the 1150th anniversary of the death of St. Boniface, fireworks took place on June 4, 1905, during which fireworks in the right cathedral tower probably set jackdaw nests on fire. The tower burned out completely. The two bells "Osanna" and "Bonifatius" were destroyed. Other parts of the cathedral were not damaged. The legal circumstances went down in legal history as the " Dombrand case ".

After air war damage in World War II, the restoration was completed in 1954. Pope John Paul II visited Fulda on November 17th and 18th, 1980. More than 100,000 believers flocked to the cathedral square to receive him enthusiastically.

From August 1 to October 3, 2012, the Vonderau Museum in Fulda showed the exhibition 300 Years of Fulda Cathedral . The publication by Gregor K. Stasch named under literature was the accompanying volume of the exhibition.


The ground plan of the Fulda Cathedral has the shape of a cross-shaped, three-aisled pillar basilica with a southern and northern transept . In between there is a crossing with the 39 m high dome . The 99 m long nave is oriented to the west; in addition to the two 65 m high facade towers in the east, two external domed chapels (St. Andrew's Chapel and St. John's Chapel) are connected to it. After the crossing with the dome, the central nave continues with the high altar , the high choir behind and the Boniface crypt below . The side aisles run parallel to the main nave up to the level of the Marienkapelle (right) and the sacristy (left). The floor plan has thus been extended to a double cross. The additions to the Marienkapelle and sacristy are directly adjacent to the former monastery building.

Exterior construction

German special postage stamp from 1994 with a stylized view of the Fulda Cathedral

Bell towers

The facade is flanked by two 65-meter-high towers that stand close together. Its four floors are clearly separated by profiled cornices. Larger-than-life sandstone sculptures by Andreas Balthasar Weber show Sturmius as abbot with miter , abbot 's staff and book on the right, Boniface as bishop with a shepherd's staff and with a dagger-pierced holy script on the left . On the third floor there are copper and gold-plated clock faces for a mechanical and a sundial . The tower spire consists of a separate tail dome, an open lantern and another tail dome with a smaller lantern, pointed helmet, pineapple head and tower cross.

Main portal

Main portal

Four massive three-quarter columns with accompanying half pilasters flank the main portal. They carry the architrave , the frieze with triglyphs and the strong cornice . On the architrave with segmented arch are two large angels holding the coat of arms of Prince Abbot Adalbert von Schleifras . The coat of arms, a work by Balthasar Esterbauer , consists of two fields with a Fulda collegiate cross, the other two fields contain an ax and a kettle hook . The apex stone directly above the gate bears a building inscription by the builder Adalbert von Schleifras.

The portal door is adorned with Corinthian pilasters and frameworks, and wrought iron fittings.

The upper floor of the facade is structured with massive columns. A large arched window is decorated with columns, ornaments in the arched field, curtain arches and vases. The window is surrounded by sandstone sculptures that show the Fulda city patrons Simplizius and Faustinus as knights. Their shields show the three lilies, the symbol of the siblings and the cross, the symbol of the bishopric. Both form the Fulda city coat of arms.

The middle facade is closed off by a triangular gable with a round window decorated with vases. At the top of the pediment is a figure of the blessing Savior ( Latin salvator, redeemer).


Next to the two domed chapels of the cathedral there is an approximately 11 meter high sandstone obelisk on the left and right . In addition to the decorative importance, these have the function of visually widening the cathedral facade. A plinth with four leaping lions sits on the end plate. Above the figures are the builder's coat of arms and various inscriptions.

inner space

The view into the interior towards the high altar

The white tinted interior takes up elements of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Lateran Basilica . The magnificent interior shows the influence of the Roman Baroque and, according to Georg Dehio, is "one of the best of the era". The spatial effect is determined by the contrast between the white of the wall surfaces and the stucco on the one hand and the black and gold color accord of the architectural elements and the furnishings on the other. Giovanni Battista Artari, a plasterer, ornament painter and sculptor created the plastering of the interior and the larger-than-life stucco apostle figures . The figures of the apostles are depicted according to a word of St. Paul . The messengers of faith stand as "pillars" ( Gal 2,9  GNB ) or on the supports of the cross-shaped and three-aisled cathedral.

Look into the dome


Exterior view of the dome

When designing the dome for the Fulda Cathedral , Johann Dientzenhofer was inspired by the Il Gesù Church in Rome , which is the mother church of the Jesuit order founded in 1534 by Ignatius von Loyola . The dome of the Fulda Cathedral was to become the visual focal point of the building, just like in the Il Gesù church . The well-preserved frescoes by Luca Antonio Colomba can be seen in the spandrels of the dome pillars . The frescoes painted by Columba depict the four evangelists . In the niches of the dome there are larger than life figures by Giovanni Battista Artari : right in front of the high altar, beginning with the Archangel Michael , represented with scales and sword, the devil at his feet. J. Schwarz wrote the story of this statue in a poem in the "Buchenbl Blätter 1849":

A phantom appeared frightening to the master, who blew up the vault
forced the capstone into the dome high in the cathedral

It said: “For all eternity,
my daring man! Insulted you stay,
I will shame you
if you don't sign this ”.

It was a pact for life and death,
the wicked
one resented at the temple: A little soul had to surrender to him
if the arch should not give way!

But carefree with a crash
The master removes the support;
One hears the devil laughing scornfully
In a holy place consecrated to God.

And in prayer the master piously
holds the last support:
All good spirits stand with me,
oh Lord, you creator of all the world!

Praying like this, he falls on his knees,
the last support in his hand.
God blessed the master's toil,
the dome was firmly arched.

And through the central opening grimly.
Those who are already looking in the cathedral,
drove out what was testified unanimously
, the envious phantom.

God will always preserve this building.
With its dome wonderful,
because not infernal figures,
the devil was active in it.

Links Archangel Gabriel with a lily stalk, right Archangel Raphael with censer and rear a guardian angel with a child that gets shown the way to heaven. In the dome lantern there is finally a stucco figure depicting the Holy Spirit as a dove in a halo .


High altar

The marble high altar is based on Gian Lorenzo Bernini's bronze ciborium in St. Peter's Basilica and the high altar of the Trinità dei Monti church in Rome

The sculptor Johann Neudecker and the plasterer Giovanni Battista Artari created the sculpture together. On August 15, 1712, Prince Abbot Adalbert von Schleifras consecrated the high altar , which in its form as a canopy is based on the ciborium of St. Peter's Basilica and the altar of the Church of Santa Trinità dei Monti in Rome . The black, marble columns of the altar end in golden Corinthian capitals and have golden volutes that end in a cloud with angels. This in turn is crowned by a figure of Mary. This is a representation of the Assumption of Mary , which is received on the ceiling by a trinity group made of stucco. On special festive days, the so-called "Silver Altar", which houses the skull of St. Boniface , is located in the cafeteria of the altar .

The golden wheel

One of the greatest memorabilia in the old Ratgar basilica and the later Baroque cathedral was the so-called "Goldene Rad", a medieval bell that delighted the faithful for more than 370 years with its "spherical sound" when its lovely chimes accompanied the sound of an organ and folk singing. It is certain that the Golden Wheel was made under the reign of Abbot Johann I von Merlau in 1415. 14 rays about 2.5 m long sat on a circular disk. Two endless ropes ran over an axis, which set it in a rotating motion, so that the total of 350 bells and bells sounded “loud and powerful”, but pleasant and majestic when this star was rotated.

When it was later installed in the Baroque cathedral in 1712, only 127 bells were attached. The weight of the bike was given as ten hundredweight. While shooting, the viewer was presented with a magnificent sight: Gothic finials and fish-bubble ornaments glittered golden. The wheel had its place in the eastern nave of the dome.

In 1781 a rope tore during the Pentecost service and the heavy wheel fell to the ground when Prince-Bishop Henry VIII of Bibra entered . There were dead and injured.

While the golden wheel lay in a yard barn for two years, the bells disappeared without a trace before it was decided whether to hang it up again. The court blacksmith dismantled the wheel and used it for profane purposes.


Main organ

Organ of the Fulda Cathedral
Main organ console

The new building of the Fulda Cathedral by Johann Dientzenhofer received a new organ between 1708 and 1713 , which was built by the Franciscan Father Adam Öhninger . The slider chests -instrument had 41 registers on three manuals and pedal ; the disposition style shows high or late baroque influences. The instrument had no couplings. Between 1837 and 1839 the organ builders Georg Franz Ratzmann and his sons Ludwig and August Ratzmann from Ohrdruff rebuilt the cathedral organ. The pipe circumference was extended downwards (C – c 4 ), the disposition was extended to 53 stops; couplings have also been added. Andreas Balthasar Weber and the cabinet maker Georg Blank made the carvings on the organ. Only the organ case is preserved from this instrument.

In the years 1876 to 1877, the organ was rebuilt in the existing case by the organ builder Wilhelm Sauer . The new organ had 52 stops on three manual works and a pedal (mechanical cone chests with Bark levers). The instrument was equipped with an electric fan in 1913. In 1917, some of the prospect pipes had to be handed in for armament purposes. From 1933 to 1934 the organ builders Alban Späth (Fulda) and the Späth brothers (Ennetach) rebuilt the organ; the instrument was equipped with electro-pneumatic action , the manual scope was expanded, sub- and super-octave couplings as well as registration aids were added; the instrument also received a new console. The registers of the Rückpositiv were placed in the main case as swell mechanisms ; In addition, the disposition was changed and a fourth manual (Bombardewerk) was added. In 1938 the disposition was changed again by Orgelbau Späth and a new, five-manual electric console was installed in the high choir, from which the choir organ could also be played.

The organ system was damaged in the Second World War, but it was comprehensively repaired in 1954. Between 1971 and 1977 the instrument was revised by the organ builder Matthias Kreienbrink (Osnabrück) and equipped with new wind chests.

In the course of the overall restoration of the cathedral from 1992 to 1996, the historic organ case was restored; The old color version was exposed and restored to its original form as far as possible. In 1996, the Rieger Orgelbau company manufactured a new organ, using 24 registers from Wilhelm Sauer's predecessor organ. Today's organ work has 72 stops on 4 manual works (main work, Rückpositiv, Schwellwerk, Oberwerk) and pedal. It has the following disposition :

I Rückpositiv C – a 3
1. Praestant 8th'
2. Wooden dacked 8th'
3. Quintatön 8th' S.
4th Octave 4 ′ S.
5. Reed flute 4 ′ S.
6th Fifth 2 23
7th Super octave 2 ′
8th. third 1 35
9. Larigot 1 13
10. Scharff IV 1'
11. Dulcian 16 ′
12. Krummhorn 8th'
13. Trumpet 8th'
II main work C – a 3
14th Praestant 16 ′
15th Principal 8th' S.
16. Tube bare 8th'
17th Flûte harmonique 8th' S.
18th Octave 4 ′ S.
19th Pointed flute 4 ′
20th Intoxicating fifth II 2 23 S.
21st Super octave 2 ′
22nd Mixture major V 2 ′
23. Mixture minor III 23
24. Cornett V (from g 0 ) 8th'
25th Trumpet 16 ′
26th Trumpet 8th'
III Swell C – a 3
27. Drone 16 ′ S.
28. Principal 8th' S.
29 Reed flute 8th' S.
30th Salicional 8th' S.
31. Gamba 8th' S.
32. Vox coelestis 8th'
33. Octave 4 ′
34. Flûte traversière 4 ′ S.
35. viola 4 ′
36. Nassard 2 23 S.
37. Duplicate 2 ′
38. Tierce 1 35
39. Plein Jeu V 2 ′
40. Progressio IV-VI 2 23 S.
41. Bombard 16 ′ S.
42. Trumpet harm. 8th'
43. Hautbois 8th'
44. Clairon harmonique 4 ′
45. Voix humaine 8th'
IV Oberwerk C – a 3
46. Dumped 8th' S.
47. Gemshorn 8th' S.
48. Praestant 4 ′
49. Distance flute 4 ′ S.
50. Piccolo 2 ′
51. Sif flute 1'
52. Mixture III 2 ′
53. Cornet IV (from g 0 ) 4 ′ S.
54. Clarinet 8th' S.
55. Trumpet 8th'
56. Clairon 4 ′
Pedal C – g 1
57. Pedestal 32 ′
58. Praestant 16 ′
59. Sub bass 16 ′
60. Violon 16 ′
61. Octave 8th'
62. Flute 8th'
63. cello 8th'
64. Octavbass 4 ′ S.
65. Flute 4 ′
66. Flûte traversière 2 ′ S.
67. Back set IV 2 23
68. Counter trumpet 32 ′
69. trombone 16 ′
70. bassoon 16 ′
71. Trumpet 8th'
72. Clairon 4 ′ S.
  • Couple
    • Normal coupling: mechanical: I / II, III / II, IV / II, III / I, IV / I, IV / III, I / P, II / P, III / P, IV / P; electrical: III / II, IV / II
    • Sub-octave coupling (electrical): III / II
    • Super octave coupling (electrical): I / P, III / P
  • Effect register: tubular bells
  • Playing aids : typesetting system / Remocard, 32 × 12 combinations, A, B, C freely programmable, roller
  • Tuning pitch: a 1 = 439 Hz at 14 ° C
  • annotation
S = old register from the previous organ (Wilhelm Sauer)

High choir organ

In the church there is a high choir organ from the Kreienbrink company from 1981. The prospectus of the instrument was created in the period 1713 to 1720 in the workshop of Johannes Hoffmann and was restored in 2002. The carvings are by Andreas Balthasar Weber. The instrument has 27 registers on two manuals and a pedal. The purely electric slider tray instrument has the following disposition:

I main work C – a 3
1. Principal 8th'
2. Pointed 8th'
3. octave 4 ′
4th Coupling flute 4 ′
5. Schwiegel 2 ′
6th Rauschpfeife II
7th Mixture IV-VI 1 13
8th. Trumpet 8th'
II Swell C – a 3
9. Tube bare 8th'
10. Willow pipe 8th'
11. Principal 4 ′
12. Swiss pipe 4 ′
13. Rohrnasard 2 23
14th Forest flute 2 ′
15th octave 1'
16. Overtone Cornet III-VI
17th Scharff IV 23
18th Dulcian 16 ′
19th Rohrschalmey 8th'
Pedal C – f 1
20th Sub bass 16 ′
21st Open bass 8th'
22nd Dacked bass 8th'
23. Flat flute 4 ′
24. Peasant pipe 2 ′
25th Back set IV 2 23
26th trombone 16 ′
27. English horn 4 ′
  • Coupling : II / I, I / P, II / P
  • Remarks
  1. a b Not swellable

Choir accompaniment gel

There is also a small accompanying organ for the choir in the cathedral, which was built in 1997 by the Thomas Jann Orgelbau company . The instrument has 12  registers on two manuals and a pedal. The purely mechanical slider tray instrument has the following disposition :

I Hauptwerk C – g 3
1. Principal 8th'
2. Wooden flute 8th'
3. Octave 4 ′
4th Reed flute 4 ′
II Swell C – g 3
5. Wooden dacked 8th'
6th Salicional 8th'
7th Gemshorn 4 ′
8th. Fifth 2 23
9. Octave (in advance from # 10) 2 ′
10. Mixture II-III 2 ′
11. Krummhorn 8th'
Pedal C – f 1
12. Sub bass 16 ′
13. Flute bass 8th'

Organ in the Lady Chapel

Since 1959 there has been an electric cone store organ from the Kreienbrink company with 10 stops on two manuals and pedal in the Marienkapelle.

I main work
1. Reed flute 8th'
2. Principal 4 ′
3. Mixture IV 1 13
II upper structure
4th Singing dumped 8th'
5. Spitzgemshorn 4 ′
6th Oktavlein 2 ′
7th Sesquialter II
8th. Pedestal 16 ′
9. Gedackt bass (= No. 4) 8th'
10. Pommer (= No. 1) 8th'
  • Coupling : II / I, I / P, II / P
  • Playing aids: two free combinations, tutti

There is also a positive by Kreienbrink in the crypt of the cathedral.

In some months the organ matinees take place on Saturdays at 12:05 p.m., mostly played by internationally active organists, sometimes also by the regional cantors of the diocese. There are also organ concerts, often played by cathedral organist Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (for example 2008: La nativité de seigneur (O. Messiaen )).


Belfry in the south tower

The cathedral has ten church bells that are distributed over the two cathedral towers; Bells 1-3 hang in the north tower and bells 4-10 are hung in the south tower.

Cast by Antonius Paris in 1648, Osanna was destroyed in the fire of 1905. In 1908 Carl Edelbrock added her successor (g sharp 0 ) with 5526 kg. The 5,850 kg Osanna , cast in 1953 and hanging on the upper floor of the north tower, is said to be one of Friedrich Wilhelm Schilling's best casting achievements , as it did not have to be retuned after casting.

The Salvator bell is the only surviving bell of the chimes, cast by Carl & Rudolf Edelbrock in 1897 , which sounded in the striking sequence h 0 –cis 1 –dis 1 –e 1 –fis 1 –gis 1 –a 1 –h 1 –fis 2 , with the five smaller bells hanging in the roof turret.

The Marien bell was cast in 1950 by the Otto bell foundry from Bremen-Hemelingen, which cast a large number of bells for Fulda and the Fuldaer Umlang before and after the World War.

The Sturmius and Lioba bells are a “cast” of two bells from 1897, which would not have been toned to match the Osanna . In 1994, the Karlsruhe bell and art foundry cast five bells (parish chimes) to replace the former roof bells ; the five larger bells are collectively referred to as the cathedral peal.

The overall ringing gets its unmistakable character from the two semitone steps D flat 1 –e 1 and G sharp 1 –a 1 and the resulting diminished fifth D flat 1 –a 1 .

No. Surname Casting year Foundry, casting location Diameter
(16th note)
1 Osanna 1953 Friedrich Wilhelm Schilling, Heidelberg 2030 5850 g sharp 0 +1 North
2 Salvator 1897 Carl & Rudolf Edelbrock, Gescher 1690 2935 h 0
3 Maria 1950 Karl Otto, Bremen-Hemelingen 1530 2500 cis 1
4th Sturmius 1953 Friedrich Wilhelm Schilling, Heidelberg 1270 1300 dis 1 south
5 Lioba 1100 e 1
6th Simplicius 1994 Karlsruhe bell and art foundry f sharp 1
7th Joseph g sharp 1
8th Michael a 1
9 Elisabeth h 1
10 Gabriel c sharp 2

The differentiated ringing order differentiates the musically different ringing combinations according to degree of celebration, church season and celebrant. The more festive the occasion, the more and bigger bells will ring together. There is always a chiming with the respective basic bell. The great Osanna can only be heard at pontifical offices and only three times for one minute each time when the Pope or diocesan bishop dies. The full ringing of all ten cathedral bells is planned for Easter, Pentecost, Christmas, Assumption of Mary, Corpus Christi, the Bonifatius Festival and at the turn of the year on New Year. During the week, during the Angelus prayer (06:45, 12:00, 17: 00/18: 00/19: 00 o'clock depending on the sunset) the Osanna sounds with three times three beats , after which the Mary's bell rings for one minute. In the evening, the Angelus is rung by the Michael Bell in memory of the deceased. On Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., the Salvator bell reminds of the passion and the hour of Christ's death. In church services, certain bells take on liturgical offices: the Lioba bell rings for the change in Holy Mass on Sundays and public holidays and the Salvator bell rings for the Gospel . In addition, these bells take over the chime .


The tomb of St. Boniface

The Boniface Chapel , a crypt and remnants of the Ratgarbasilika is the destination of the annual Boniface pilgrimage . The bones of St. Boniface, the apostle of the Germans, rest there in a richly decorated sarcophagus . The sarcophagus is decorated with a relief image and an antependium by Johann Neudecker , the altar cross is the work of the Fulda artist Lioba Munz OSB . Pope John Paul II prayed at the grave of St. Boniface during his visit to Fulda in November 1980 and in his sermon remembered Boniface as the "beginning" of the Gospel in Germany. The stained glass window from 1994 was made by the Soest artist Jochem Poensgen.

Lady Chapel

The Marienkapelle is a side chapel of the Fulda Cathedral.


Like the Ratgarbasilika, St. Peter's Basilica in Rome , but in contrast to the vast majority of European churches, the Fulda Cathedral faces west. The main facade facing the cathedral square is therefore the east facade, while the choir is located in the west of the nave. Johann Dientzenhofer did without a second choir in the east, as in the previous building .

Surroundings of the cathedral

View of the seminary and library in Fulda, 1850

To the north of the cathedral on Michaelsberg are the St. Michael Provostry, the bishop's apartment since 1831, and the Carolingian Michaelskirche . Behind it are buildings of the Episcopal Vicariate General. In the direction of Frauenberg, behind the Paulustor, there is the old cathedral parish cemetery. On November 13, 1628 this Kirchhoff near Frauwenberg was inaugurated.

Convent building

Dechanei building

To the west is the baroque convent building of the former Benedictine monastery (built from 1771 to 1778), which has housed the Fulda seminary since 1803 . In the immediate vicinity is the modern chapel of the seminary , which was built between 1966 and 1968 by the architect Sep Ruf. To the north of the seminary is the Fulda theological faculty . In the south of the monastery there is the Dechanei and the Domdechaneigarten in which a lapidarium was set up today . Today the cathedral museum is located in one area of ​​the Dechanei building.

Cathedral Museum

The adjacent cathedral museum contains a number of liturgical vestments and vessels, including the silver altar , an altarpiece from the 18th century. This encloses the reliquary with the head of St. Boniface, the dagger with which he was murdered, and relics of other Fulda diocese saints.

Cathedral Square

On the east side of the main facade is the Domplatz, which rises slightly to the east to the Pauluspromenade. Large open-air concerts take place regularly in summer, some with international stars. For example, Amy Macdonald , Joe Cocker , José Carreras , Katie Melua , The Hooters , Nena and Chris de Burgh have given concerts on Domplatz .

On the opposite side are the Fulda Palace Gardens and the Fulda City Palace .

Buried in the cathedral

Commemorative plaque to King Conrad I (881–918)

St. Boniface , the apostle of the Germans and commissioner of the founding of the monastery in Fulda, is buried in the crypt of the cathedral . His grave is visited by many pilgrims, especially on the St. Boniface pilgrimage . His pupil, St. Sturmius , who founded the Fulda monastery and became the first abbot, is also buried in the cathedral.

Similarly, King Conrad I and Countess Anna of Hesse and many of the abbots, prince-bishops and bishops of Fulda in the cathedral buried (among others John Dyba ).

Epitaphs in St. Salvator's Cathedral

  • Epitaph for Adolph von Dalberg with the coat of arms: Prince Abbot Adolph von Dalberg, family coat of arms treasurer of Worms called von Dalberg (2 ×), von Rosenberg, von Kerpen, von Schauenburg, von Warsberg, Flach von Schwarzenberg, von Rollingen / de Raville, von Bettstein / de Bassompierre, Waldbott von Bassenheim (2 ×), von Cronberg, Brendel von Homburg, von der Leyen, von Pallandt, von Metternich
  • Epitaph for Amand von Buseck with the coat of arms: Prince Abbot / Prince-Bishop Amand von Buseck, family coat of arms von Buseck, Schutzbar called Milchling, von Rodenhausen, Breidenbach zu Breidenstein (2 ×), from Löwenstein to Randeck, from Hagen to Motten, from Morbach, from Naves / de Naves, von Fechenbach, Brendel von Homburg, von Hettersdorf (2 ×), von Hatzfeld-Wildenburg, von Münster, von Steinau called Steinrück
  • Epitaph for Konstantin von Buttlar with the coat of arms: Prince Abbot Konstantin von Buttlar, family coat of arms of Buttlar, von Völkershausen, from Dölau (Döhlau) to Ruppersgrün, from Zedtwitz, from Boineburg to Lengsfeld and Gehaus, from Buchenau, von der Tann, from Thüngen to Greifenstein and Reiffenberg, von Freyberg, Geuder von Zaneck, von Bodman, Truchseß von Rheinfelden, von Hornstein, von Hallweil, von Muggenthal, from Stain to Rechtenstein, Prince Abbot / Prince-Bishop Amand von Buseck as donors
  • Epitaph for Placidus von Droste with the coat of arms: Prince Abbot Placidus von Droste, family coat of arms from Droste zu Erwitte, from Landsberg to Erwitte, from Brencken, from Ense, from Spiegel to Desenberg, from Niehausen, from Büren, from Hoerde vom Schwarzen Raben, from Heygen (Heggen) to Ewig, from Wrede (2 ×), from Schwansbell, from Freytag to Schorlingen, from Schorlemer to Overhagen, from Collart, from Meer, Prince Abbot / Prince-Bishop Amand von Buseck as donor
  • Epitaph for Adalbert von Schleifras with the coat of arms: Prince Abbot Adalbert von Schleifras, family coat of arms from Schleifras zu Reichlos, von Weitolshausen called Schrautenbach (with error), from Nordeck to Rabenau, Schenk von Stauffenberg, von der Tann, von Trümbach, von Thüngen (2nd ×), von Rotzmann, von Weitershausen, von Boineburg called Honstein, von Buschhausen, von Buseck, Schenk von Schweinsberg, von Lehrbach (with error), Riedesel von Eisenbach zu Josbach



  • Gregor K. Stasch: 300 years of Fulda Cathedral and its architect Johann A. Dientzenhofer (1663-1726) . Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg 2012, ISBN 978-3-86568-858-3 .
  • Werner Kathrein (ed.): The cathedral to Fulda . Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg 2012, ISBN 978-3-86568-755-5 (144 pages, 120 images).
  • Daniel Hanke: The Fulda Cathedral: The building and its equipment . Kovač, Hamburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8300-3436-0 .

Web links

Commons : Fulda Cathedral  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. http://stanz.ms-visucom.de/cgi-bin/r20msvc_menue.pl?var_hauptpfad=..%2Fanwendungen%2Fms-visucom%2F&var_html_folgemaske=index_pdf_oeffentlich.html&var_datei_selektionen=20141229%2F18517204254a182696ab323.dat&var_variable_uebergabe=2014_public%2F0896.pdf ( Link not available)
  2. Fulda Cathedral on hr-online.de ( memento from November 29, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on November 14, 2014.
  3. Michael Mott : Fuldaer Köpfe (Vol. I) Fulda, Verlag Parzeller, [2007], p. 16. ISBN 978-3-7900-0396-3
  4. L. Pfaff: The cathedral to Fulda. Published by JL Ath, 1855, page 19
  5. ^ Friends of Mainfränkischer Art and History: Mainfränkisches Jahrbuch für Geschichte und Kunst. Lower Franconia 1949, page 280
  6. ↑ The 30th anniversary of the Pope's visit to Fulda on osthessen-zeitung.de , accessed on November 14, 2014.
  7. ^ Georg Dehio : Handbook of German Art Monuments . Ed .: German Association for Art History. 2nd Edition. tape  1 , Central Germany. Ernst Wasmuth A.-G., Berlin 1914, p. 133 f . ( E-book at The Project Gutenberg ).
  8. Diocese of Fulda © - The great organ
  9. See the information on the history of the organs on the website of the Diocese of Fulda
  10. Disposition on the website of the diocese of Fulda
  11. Information on the Kreienbrink organ. (PDF) Retrieved July 9, 2018 .
  12. Disposition of the high choir organ
  13. Information on the choir organ
  14. ^ Gerhard Reinhold: Otto bells. Family and company history of the Glockengieper dynasty Otto . Self-published, Essen 2019, ISBN 978-3-00-063109-2 , p. 588, here in particular pp. 347, 547 .
  15. Gerhard Reinhold: Church bells - Christian world cultural heritage, illustrated using the example of the bell founder Otto, Hemelingen / Bremen . Nijmegen / NL 2019, p. 556, here in particular pp. 303, 504 , urn : nbn: nl: ui: 22-2066 / 204770 (dissertation at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen).
  16. Partial bell of Fulda Cathedral on www.youtube.com
  17. ^ Education server Hessen: Pope John Paul II in Fulda ( Memento from November 24, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on November 14, 2014.