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Cathedral of St. Mary with Silbermann Organs

The cathedral of St. Mary is the most important medieval sacral building of Freiberg, the silver and Silbermann city's landmark and the centre of lived faith for the evangelical congregation. Built in 1180 as a romanesque basilica the cathedral is a cultural monument nowadays. Since the beginning of the 16th century the late-gothic building defines the skyline of the city of Freiberg.


The "Golden Gate"

The "Golden Gate" is a true celebrity: a late-Romanesque arched sandstone portal created in 1230 with sculptures and ornate columns on the south side. Inside the freestanding "Tulip Pulpit" dating back to the beginning of the 16th century – and the "Bergmann Pulpit", from the year 1638. Both are evidences for the depth of faith and artistry.

Silbermanns Organs

Music lovers will be very excited about the great organ by Gottfried Silbermann. It has 3 manuals, 44 stops, 2,574 pipes and was built from 1711 – 1714 by Gottfried Silbermann. Opposite this is a second, the small Silbermann organ with 14 stops.

Funerary chapel

During a guided tour you can visit the newly restored electoral tomb of the Wettins including the Moritz monument (1563) and the music playing angels (1592/94) with Original Renaissance instruments.

Bells

The ringing of the cathedral bells is also very harmonious. It consists of six bells. Four of them are from the famous Oswald Hilliger foundry in Freiberg.

Themed Tours

This most beautiful vaulted church defines the skyline of the city of Freiberg. The external simplicity of the Cathedral forms a stark contrast to the richly decorated interior. The religious artworks of different eras draw tens of thousands of art- and organ music-lovers to the Cathedral every year. Themed Tours are offered in addition to the well established Cathedral Tours, to, for example,

  • the Silbermann organ,
  • the pulpits (Tulip Pulpit and Bergmann Pulpit)
  • the Romanesque "Golden Gate"
  • the roof framework with bells
  • or to the cloister with funerary chapel of the noble family von Schönberg

Marvel at the newly restored electoral tomb of the Wettins, also on a new special tour. This burial place of the Wettins is once again accessible after years of restoration. Its Renaissance design is truly one of a kind. In addition to a tour to the attractions of the cathedral, topic-specific information and interesting stories can be expected.

dates


"Abendmusiken" (traditional evening recitals)

Enjoy the sound experience of the world-famous Ilbermann organs during the "Abendmusiken" (traditional evening recitals) (May – October, on Thursdays at 8 pm)

 

Concert dates


Gottfried Silbermann Tage

Organ festival: international organ music stars and top-ensembles make the region next to Dresden submontane the Ore Mountains resound - every two years in September.

Silbermann-Tage 2021

concert series "Dom & Klang" (cathedral & sound)

Allow yourself to be enchanted by a unique composition of ambience, instruments and music in the Cathedral of St. Mary. The 'Dom & Klang' (cathedral & sound) produces an impressive overall experience. 

Concert dates


Silbermann house

Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) was one of the most famous baroque organ builder. 34 of his organs have been preserved until today,  among them 4 in Freiberg. Today, the location where Silbermann built 45 of his world-famous organs 300 years ago is an exhibition with hitoric demonstration workshop/visitor centre and playable organ model. Visitors can experience the world of the queen of instruments.

Silbermann-Gesellschaft

 

Organ guide for kids

Unique expedition into the world of organs

Children aged 6 and older can learn more about Gottfried Silbermann and his organs in an exciting and lively way. By storytelling from the perspective from an organ pipe or from a timber worm they get interesting and exciting facts about the queen of instruments, its importance and functionality as well as its famous organ builder.

The organ guide for kids is available at Tourist Information (Schloßplatz 6).

Contact

Dom St. Marien

Untermarkt 1
09599 Freiberg

Tel.: +49 (0) 3731 300966
Tel.: +49 (0) 3731 22598
Fax: +49 (0) 3731 300943
E-Mail: fuehrung@freiberger-dom.de
www.freiberger-dom.de

Admission

Visit or guided tour
With organ music  (1h):    7,00 € / 6,00 € concessions. pp
without organ music (1h): 6,00 € / 5,00 € concessions pp

Prices include VAT

Free entrance:  children up to 6 years, tour guides, bus drivers
Concessions: pupils, students, severely disabled

5% discount: groups of 20 or more persons
no combination of discounts

Opening Times

November to April
Mon - Sat: 11am - 4pm
Sun/PH*: 11.30am - 4pm

May to October
Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun/PH*: 11.30am - 5pm

*PH: Public Christian holidays in Saxony

Guides Tours

May to October
daily: 2pm (on Wednesdays with organ music)
Sun/Public Christian holidays in Saxony: 11.30am (with organ music)

November 
Wed: 2pm
Sun/Public Christian holidays in Saxony: 11.30am (with organ music)

November 30th to December 18th
daily: 11am
Sun/Public Christian holidays in Saxony: 11.30am (with organ music)

December20th to April
Wed: 2pm
Sun/Public Christian holidays in Saxony: 11.30am (with organ music)

Vacation: Guided tours for familien

Groups of 15 or more persons: please contact us via fax or email. Guided tours for groups outside the regular opening times on request.

Errors and omissions excepted. Times may change due to religious acts or events. Current times for guided tours: www.freiberger-dom.de


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