The old town of Wetzlar is dominated by the cathedral (Dom) . But only by taking a closer look does it become clear what makes it so unique.
The Gothic west facade is seemingly unfinished; the left tower is the incompleted stump of what was originally planned. A “church within a church” is visible behind the facade, the remains of what was once an important late Romanesque basilica from the 12th century which the town and the cathedral chapter had wanted to tear down and replace with a more imposing new church.
Shortly before the year 1230, barely 50 years after the completion of the Romanesque basilica, preparations were being made for a newer, larger, more lavish church. Financial difficulties plagued the town in the Middle Ages. Progress on construction was excruciatingly slow. Spurts of activity were followed by interruptions that could last decades. Not until 1590 were the current top stories and roof of the main tower completed.
As a result, every era of German church architecture from the late Romanesque period to the modern is represented, each having left its indelible mark on the cathedral of Wetzlar.
During the Reformation, when most residents of Wetzlar converted to Lutheranism, use of the church was shared with a Catholic congregation, an arrangement which has continued to this day.
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