St Paul's Cathedral in Münster is a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to St Paul. It is counted among the most significant church buildings in Münster and, along with the City Hall, is one of the symbols of the city. The cathedral stands in the heart of the city, on a small hill called Horsteberg.
The foundation stone for the third and current St Paulus Dom was laid in 1225 by Bishop Dietrich III. von Isenberg. After nearly forty years of construction, St Paulus Dom was completed and on 30 September 1264 it was consecrated by Bishop Gerhard von der Mark.
The cathedral is a three-nave building with a transept and two four-sided towers in the facade, and features rich late-Roman sculptural decoration of the vestibule and nave which has survived. It also contains valuable sacred artworks from the Domschatz of Münster Cathedral, which has been stored since 1981 in a specially built Treasury Chamber north of the cloisters.
The astronomical clock is a marvel of the late Middle Ages, with its calendar reaching into 2071, while Pope John Paul II prayed at a sepulchral chapel commemorated by a memorial stone in 1987. The great weekly market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday forenoon near St. Paul's Cathedral, making it an important part of Münster's culture.
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