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Bern Münster

Interior. ( Inner entrance wall and organ. ) <— Interesting info and sound.


The unique Bern Münster dates from 1421. Looking a bit like a great Gothic rocket, this former cathedral boasts the tallest spire in the country. It also shelters some important medieval art, including painted sculptures over the portal and fine stained glass windows.




The first church on this site was probably a small chapel, built around the time Bern was founded (1191). Its existence is first recorded in 1224.


On March 11, 1421, master builder Matthäus Ensinger began construction on a monumental new cathedral to take its place. Originally from Strasbourg, Ensinger had already built three other cathedrals. The huge new church could accommodate large numbers of worshipers, yet only 5,000 people lived in Bern at the time.


Work continued on the Münster, using local sandstone, for over a century. It was not fully completed until 1893, when the bell tower was added. In the meantime, Bern had become Protestant and the Berner Dom (cathedral) was now the Berner Münster (collegiate church).


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Taken on February 22, 2012