Building and architecture of the cathedral

A Masterpiece of High Gothic Architecture

The Doberan Cathedral is called the "Pearl of North German Brick Gothic" and is considered the most important medieval building in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The essentially preserved Cistercian furnishing programme is unique in the history of art. Over the centuries, the Doberan Cathedral was a popular grave of Mecklenburg dukes and many noblemen. It was therefore under special protection.

The cathedral was built on a sandy, earthy island during the late Ice Age at the confluence of three streams in an environment with a very high groundwater level.

On very difficult ground, a magnificent building was erected, which is considered a unique symbiosis of a cathedral building modelled on the French High Gothic - shaped by predecessor buildings of the North German Brick Gothic and influenced by the building rules of the Cistercians.



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