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Because the Holy Roman emperors were chosen and crowned here from the 16th to the 18th century, the church is known as the Kaiserdom (Imperial Cathedral), even though it isn't the seat of a bishop. Officially the Church of St. Bartholomew, but called simply "The Dom" by locals, it was built largely between the 13th and 15th century and survived World War II with the majority of its treasures intact. The most impressive exterior feature is the tall, red sandstone tower (almost 300 feet high), which was added between 1415 and 1514. Climb it for a good view. The Dommuseum (Cathedral Museum) occupies the former Gothic cloister.

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  • Address: Domplatz 1, Altstadt, Frankfurt, 60311 | Map It
  • Phone: 069/1337–6184
  • Cost: Dommuseum €3
  • Hours: Church Mon.–Thurs. and Sat. 9–noon and 2:30–6, Fri. and Sun. 2:30–6. Dommuseum Tues.–Fri. 10–5, weekends 11–5
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  • Subway: Römer (U-bahn)
  • Location: Altstadt
Updated: 11-18-2013

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    Actually, the first emperor election held in Frankfurt was in 1152. The Kaiserdom replaces the smaller church that was built there in 850 and it replaced the one that was there in 680. Frankfurt was declared the election city forever after in a document called the "Golden Bull" which was written by the Emperor Charles the 4th in 1356. It is amazing to go into a building that has seen so much history pass thru its doors. Though not the biggest or most magnificent of the churches in Germany, it has its own beauty. Not to be missed is the huge Van Dyke painting hanging on the wall. The organ is also a treasure and one of the largest in Germany

    by Mainhattengirl, 5/7/09

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