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By paying a little fee

 

(2 Euro) I was allowed to take these photos of the Merseburg Cathedral and Naumburg Cathedral /Saxony- Anhalt. With this board around my neck I felt a bit like a little child who could get lost, but under the excellent guidance of two ladies I felt protected while going up and down through the large spaces of those churches. They belong to a foundation (UNESCO World heritage, but no financial support by public or the Protestant Church, although they are still places of worship), therefore entrance tickets (11 Euro for both cathedrals) and photo permits.

 

The upper row: details from the Merseburg Cathedral (main nave with Ladegast organ, view on the building from the cloister, Jonah and the whale at the backside of the choir stalls)

The lower row: details from the Naumburg Cathedral (modern, golden glowing stained glass window in the crypt, Romanesque column in the crypt, Cloister)

 

We are still paying a solidarity surcharge on income tax (for the reconstruction of eastern Germany), and so many buildings like these churches have been restored. I read in our newspaper that Italy, Great Britain and Germany require entrance fees for entering churches, nowadays there is also a heavy discussion in France about entrance fees for Notre Dame in Paris etc.

 

Many thanks for yesterday's comments, I was a bit too busy! 

 

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/martin_luther

 

 

By paying a little fee

 

(2 Euro) I was allowed to take these photos of the Merseburg Cathedral and Naumburg Cathedral /Saxony- Anhalt. With this board around my neck I felt a bit like a little child who could get lost, but under the excellent guidance of two ladies I felt protected while going up and down through the large spaces of those churches. They belong to a foundation (UNESCO World heritage, but no financial support by public or the Protestant Church, although they are still places of worship), therefore entrance tickets (11 Euro for both cathedrals) and photo permits.

 

The upper row: details from the Merseburg Cathedral (main nave with Ladegast organ, view on the building from the cloister, Jonah and the whale at the backside of the choir stalls)

The lower row: details from the Naumburg Cathedral (modern, golden glowing stained glass window in the crypt, Romanesque column in the crypt, Cloister)

 

We are still paying a solidarity surcharge on income tax (for the reconstruction of eastern Germany), and so many buildings like these churches have been restored. I read in our newspaper that Italy, Great Britain and Germany require entrance fees for entering churches, nowadays there is also a heavy discussion in France about entrance fees for Notre Dame in Paris etc.

 

Many thanks for yesterday's comments, I was a bit too busy! 

 

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/martin_luther

 

 

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Nov 2017, 02:46
I am finding you to be a wonderful guide as you take us around Europe, Philine.
Philine: Oh, thank you very much, you are too charming, Ray!
What an amzing place, Philine! I love the board around your neck! Very cute! smile
Philine: These two cathedrals are overwhelming. It is okay to require entrance fees inmy humble opinion. Many thanks, Elizabeth, and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day! I hope that Frank will soon return.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Nov 2017, 06:15
I particularly like the unusual panel of Jonah, and the picture of you. Here our Cathedrals have been charging entrance fees (sometimes called donations) for a long time, though I don't believe they are enforced. I haven't come across any Churches which do this
Philine: I remember to have paid entrance fee and a photo permit in Wells Cathedral. I find this okay, too. I remember also the word 'donation' im many English churches. Many thanks, Lisl!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 23 Nov 2017, 07:20
This seems to be a lovely light & airy building Philine, and what a massive organ there seems to be. I like too the foliate capitals and I suspect the person being disgorged by the fish is in reality Jonah escaping from the whale..

You look like a child refugee with your hanging label
Philine: Oh yes, both cathedrals are overwhelming. I found the Jonah figure escaping the whale funny. Many thanks, Chris!
Well worth the money Philine as they are clearly beautiful buildings.
Philine: Indeed - I find it in order to require an entrance fee except the services and even songs. There are so many churches in East- Germany which have to be restored. Many thanks, Bill!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Nov 2017, 07:58
Hahah!! It is lovely to see you again; the image makes me think of Paddington smile I'm in two minds about paying an admission fee for entry to religious buildings. I have paid to get into Winchester cathedral but now I can go any time in 12 months without paying more. Gloucester and Ripon both charge for a photography permit whilst others ask for a donation which I'm happy to do. I would rather donate a fee rather than pay one even if it is the same amount . Often my donation is more than an entry fee in any case. I see a Boat Friday image; i hope the fish does not bite off the leg.
Philine: I like your thinking of Paddington, I love him, and now we can see a second film about him. Yes, donations are good, and even entrance fees are in order IMHO. I remember to have paid some money in English churches. The Jonah figure looks funny. I can sure that he doesn't lose his leg. Many thanks, Alan, and eventually a good bike ride, today is a mild November day.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 23 Nov 2017, 08:11
The label around your neck does look funny Philine, but you look sensibly dressed for cold weather. We are promised another cold snap this weekend.
Philine: Yes, it was rather cold in East- Germany, continental climate. At the moment we have mild autumn weather, but cold snaps were also expected this weekend. Many thanks, Chad!
The organ is magnificent as are you, Philine.
A fine group of pictures Philine especially the one of yourself, although I don't think a label round your neck quite goes with your scarf and hat smile The organ in the top left picture looks magnificent, how nice it would be to hear it being played.

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