The late Romanesque bronze baptismal font was created around 1226, most likely in a Hildesheim workshop. Its founder is presumed to be the Hildesheim provost of the cathedral, Wilbrand von Oldenburg-Wildeshausen. The impressive bronze casting is 1.70 meters high with a diameter of 96 centimeters. Its expressive, decorative visual imagery indicates Gothic stylistic elements.
When you visit St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hildesheim, you immerse yourself in the origin of Hildesheim and the diocese. Traces of the history spanning 1,200 years can be discovered here as well as legends that are literally interwoven around the site on which the cathedral was built.
For it is said that it was a rosebush that prompted Emperor Louis the Pious to build the first chapel on this site around 815. Legend has it that the St. Mary’s reliquary that Louis the Pious hung up in the branches could no longer be removed from the bush - a divine sign for him to establish his new diocese here. To this very day, the rosebush blooms every spring and adorns the cathedral’s apse with its delicate pink floral splendor.
Over 1,200 years of history shaped the face of the cathedral, which was a bishop’s seat right from the start: Over the centuries, it presented itself in various sizes, changing shapes and with different, increasingly richer furnishings and décor. The cathedral was destroyed twice: A fire in the 11th century and bombs at the end of the Second World War almost razed it down to the foundation wall. The precious cathedral treasury was preserved because it had been removed beforehand. The cathedral was rebuilt in Romanesque architectural style. In 1985, UNESCO added the cathedral and its treasures, together with St. Michael’s Church, to its list of World Heritage Sites.
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