Dom und Domschatz Halberstadt

Halberstadt Cathedral and Cathedral Treasury

Cultural Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt

With more than 1250 works of art, the Halberstadt Cathedral Treasure is considered one of the most extensive medieval church treasures in the world. The unique ensemble was intended for the service at the local bishop’s church. Magnificent liturgical vestments, finely cast bronze works and goldsmith’s works, sculptures and altarpieces bear witness to the high art of the Middle Ages.

World-famous are the masterpieces of textile art, among which is the Abraham Angel carpet from around 1150. Ninety ecclesiastical vestments, embroidered blankets and altar hangings tell of the splendor of worship.

Some 300 treasures can be experienced in the historic rooms of the cathedral cloister. The highlight of any tour is the treasury, which gathers precious rock crystal carvings, goldsmith and ivory works. With twelve works of art of assured Byzantine provenance, the cathedral treasury contains one of the largest ensembles of its kind in Germany.

For more than 1,200 years, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and St. Sixtus has been the spiritual center of the city and the entire region. Fascinating works of art bear witness to its eventful history. The cathedral church was built between 1236 and 1486 on the model of French cathedrals. The most significant piece of decoration is the monumental triumphal crucifix group created around 1210, a masterpiece of medieval carvers.