Paderborn Cathedral

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Paderborn Cathedral
The Cahedral of Saint Mary, Saint Kilian and Saint Liborius
Paderborner Dom
Paderborn Cathedral
Paderborn Cathedral is located in Germany
Paderborn Cathedral
Paderborn Cathedral
51°43′08″N 8°45′19″E / 51.71889°N 8.75528°E / 51.71889; 8.75528
Location Paderborn
Country Germany
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 13th century
Status Active
Functional status Cathedral
Style Romanesque-Gothic
Length 104 m (341 ft 2 in)
Width 52 m (170 ft 7 in)
Height 28 m (91 ft 10 in)
Number of spires 1
Spire height 93 m (305 ft 1 in)
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Paderborn
Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker
Interior, service with the cathedral choir (Domchor)

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. The official German name is "Hoher Dom Ss. Maria, Liborius und Kilian".

Architecture and history[edit]

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.[1]

External dimensions[edit]

  • Length: 104 m
  • Width: 52 m
  • Height: 28 m
  • Height of the tower: 93 m

Points of especial interest[edit]

Window of Three Hares (Dreihasenfenster)[edit]

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.



  1. ^ The relics of Liborius were translated with great ceremony to Paderborn from Le Mans, of which Liborius had been bishop, in 836 during the reign of Emperor Louis the Pious. To commemorate this event the nine-day-long Libori fair is still celebrated in Paderborn every year.


Further reading[edit]

  • Bauer, Heinz, and Hohmann, Friedrich Gerhard, 1987 (1968): Der Dom zu Paderborn. Bonifatius-Druckerei, Paderborn, 4th revised edition 1987, 1st edition 1968. ISBN 3-87088-529-7.
  • Lobbedey, Uwe, 1984: Der Dom zu Paderborn (Westfälische Kunststätten, Heft 33). Bonifatius-Druckerei, Paderborn 1984. ISBN 3-87088-423-1.
  • Lobbedey, Uwe, 1990: Der Paderborner Dom (Westfälische Kunst). München/Berlin 1990
  • Niggemeyer, Margarete, 1996: Bilder und Botschaften – Der Dom zu Paderborn als Sehschule des Glaubens. Paderborn: Bonifatius-Druckerei. ISBN 3-87088-881-4.

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Coordinates: 51°43′08″N 8°45′19″E / 51.71889°N 8.75528°E / 51.71889; 8.75528