Paderborn Cathedral

Paderborn Cathedral (German: Paderborner Dom) is the cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paderborn. It is located in the city centre of Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary, Saint Kilian and Saint Liborius.

Architecture and history

The building is a hall church (i.e. with three aisles all reaching to the height of the roof) in a transitional Romanesque-Gothic style. The cathedral is mainly of the 13th century. The western tower of the 12th century is 93 m high. The relics of Saint Liborius are kept in the crypt, which is with a length of 32 m one of Germany's largest crypts.

External dimensions
  • Length: 104 m
  • Width: 52 m
  • Height: 28 m
  • Height of the tower: 93 m
Points of especial interest
  • Paradise Portal (before 1240)
  • Pietà (around 1380)
  • Gothic high altar (late 15th century)
  • Double Madonna (around 1480)
  • Tomb of Prince-Bishop Dietrich IV von Fürstenberg (d. 1618)
  • Pulpit in Régence style (1736)
Window of Three Hares (Dreihasenfenster)

One of the cathedral's, and the city's, most recognisable features is the Dreihasenfenster ("Window of Three Hares"). It depicts three hares in motion, arranged in a triangle. Each hare is shown as having two ears, although only three ears are visible in total. The original 16th century carving can be found in the cloister's inner courtyard, and has been duplicated on numerous buildings and a number of shops throughout the city centre.

  • Lorenz Jaeger
  • Virtual tour of Paderborn Cathedral (German)
  • Paderborn City website: Cathedral (German)
  • Paderborn City website: Eine „Hasengeschichte“ (PDF; 42 kB) (German)
  • Photos of the cathedral 2009
  • Church service regulation (German)