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From the Bishop's Curia to the WELTERBE CENTRE at Naumburg Cathedral

On 1 July 2018, Naumburg Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a masterpiece of human creativity and a significant intersection of human values in relation to the development of architecture. Now the World Heritage Centre is being built in the building of the former bishop's curia at Domplatz 1 opposite Naumburg Cathedral. This consists of a visitor information centre for the UNESCO World Heritage Naumburg Cathedral and the cultural landscape along the Saale and Unstrut rivers, including a museum and an event area. In addition, the surrounding gardens will be restored. The official start of construction took place on 10 March 2023 with the handover of the funding decision from the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the placement of the time capsule.

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Fragment Front Detail United Cathedral Foundations Falko Matte


The Combined Cathedral Foundations of Merseburg and Naumburg and the collegiate chapter of Zeitz were able to purchase a fragment from the chronicle of Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg (975/976-1018) at auction last December with the help of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the state of Saxony-Anhalt and private donors.

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Balance sheet 2022 and outlook for 2023

In Merseburg Imperial Cathedral, 2022 was a successful year between anniversaries. In the Zeitz Abbey Library, a sustainable literature programme was established last year. And at Naumburg Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitor numbers continued to rise.

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Counterstatement by the Combined Cathedral Chapter on the research results of ICOMOS Germany on the Naumburg Cranach Triegel Retable

In preparation for the printing of the results of the scientific colloquium of the Combined Cathedral Foundations in November 2022, the authors Dr Holger Kunde and Dr Matthias Ludwig have published their contribution "Der Marienaltar im Westchor des Naumburger Domes und seine Altarflügel von Lucas Cranach dem Älteren. A critical source study" published in advance on the Foundation's homepage.

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