(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!
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