The foundation reliquary, also called Lipsanothek, is directly related to the legend of the diocese’s foundation. That’s because the capsule which the chaplain of Emperor Louis the Pious had forgotten and was then unable to remove from the bush is probably the silver capsule of this reliquary. Scientifically, the container has been dated back to the 9th century, i.e., Carolingian. The base and mounting support originate from the 13th and 14th centuries. The original of the reliquary is kept in the cathedral crypt, a copy is in the cathedral museum. Even today, the foundation reliquary is ceremonially handed over to each new bishop on the day of his inauguration.
The Hildesheim cathedral treasury is one of the largest and most important church treasure troves in Europe. The treasures collected here over more than a thousand years are testimonies of lived faith. Together with
St. Michael’s Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral, the cathedral treasury was declared a UNESCO-World-Heritage-Site in 1985.
As works of art and historical documents, the Hildesheim Cathedral treasury is of inestimable value. The collection especially owes its outstanding importance to the wide array of magnificent items donated by Bishop Bernward, and Bishop Eduard Jakob Wedekin’s passion for collecting (1796-1870) in the 19th century. That’s why today, we can look back on complete documentation of liturgical instruments and manuscripts right up to the early Middle Ages.
You can visit the Hildesheim Cathedral Museum during the following times:
- Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Monday day of rest
- The Cathedral Museum remains closed on 12/24 and 12/31.
More information is provided on the Hildesheim Cathedral Museum’s website.