Description of the attraction
Ulm Cathedral, or Münster, is one of the famous architectural monuments in Germany. It is one of Ulm's business cards. Its slender spiers stretch towards the sky with all their might, the highest point is marked at 161.5 meters.
From a historical point of view, Munster has seen a lot in different periods of its construction. The first stone was laid in the distant 14th century, and the end of construction fell on the turbulent and eventful 19th century. The construction was initially led by Ulrich von Ensingen, who is known for his incredible precision in calculations. The central part of Munster was erected quite quickly, during the period from 1392 to 1405, but with the side aisles - and the cathedral is five-aisled - it was more difficult: the vaults could not withstand the load, so their construction was temporarily stopped.
It should also be said that the spire of the cathedral was far from being so high at once. For example, in those days when Munster was in the hands of the Lutherans, they completed it in height and the spire reached a hundred-meter mark. But the final changes appeared already in the 19th century, at the same time the cathedral acquired its present form. Among the true masterpieces here are the unique stained-glass windows, as well as the famous choirs carved by Jörg Sirling Jr. The latter are famous for being built of oak, which was soaked in the waters of the Danube for a century and a half and acquired an amazing fortress. It is worth paying attention to the sculptures of Hans Mulcher, one of which - Christ the Sufferer - adorns the main portal of the cathedral.
The sculpture of a sparrow completes the entire ingenious composition: the bird, imperceptible at first glance, is of great importance in the history of the entire city. According to legend, it was the sparrow who showed the builders how to carry huge logs for construction through the gate, which was made too narrow. The hardworking bird carried straws for its nest, placing them across, not along, and it was this method that allowed the builders to provide Ulm with materials for building houses. Now the sparrow nestles comfortably on the roof of the Ulm Cathedral, watching the life of the city from a great height.