Freising Cathedral

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Saint Mary and Saint Corbinian Co-Cathedral
Dom St. Maria und St. Korbinian
Mariendom
Interior of the Cathedral
48°23′55.81″N 11°44′46.77″E / 48.3988361°N 11.7463250°E / 48.3988361; 11.7463250
Location Freising
Country Germany
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Website
History
Founded 1159
Consecrated 1250
Architecture
Status Active
Functional status Co-Cathedral
Architectural type Baslica
Style Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic
Specifications
Bells 11
Administration
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Munich and Freising
Clergy
Archbishop Reinhard Marx
Freising cathedral.
Freising cathedral interior.

Freising Cathedral, also called Saint Mary and Corbinian Cathedral (German: Mariendom), is a romanesque basilica in Freising, Bavaria. It is the co-cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. The Freising Cathedral is also known for being the place where Pope Benedict XVI was ordained a priest.

After a fire had destroyed the old cathedral, the church was constructed from 1159 onwards and consecrated in 1250. St Mary's cathedral was the first brick structure to be built north of the Alps since ancient times.

The tomb of St. Corbinian, the patron saint of the bishopric, is located in the four-nave crypt of the cathedral. In the centre of this crypt one of the most distinguished sculptures in Europe is located: the so-called Bestiensäule (the column of beasts), carved out of stone in the high Middle Ages.

The rococo decoration of the interior created in 1724 is a work of Cosmas Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam.