Visiting L 74 6

Do you have one of those landmarks you always drive by and say to yourself: one day I am going to take a closer look? Well, for the cathedral of Limburg that was my line for 35 years. Now, finally, I made it.

Highway bridge in some distance, trees in the front
Highway passing by the city

The cathedral

The central landmark of Limburg is St. George’s Cathedral. It sits on a hill and is very visible (especially also from the highway). The cathedral dates back to the 13th century and is an example of late Romanesque architecture. Seven towers give it a quite unique shape.

Cathedral in the upper right corner, river flowing below from the middle to the left. The cathedral is red and white.

Now, if you think that somehow the roof of the tower in the middle looks slanted, you are right. This is not a problem with my camera. The roof of the tower of St. George’s Cathedral in Limburg an der Lahn is indeed slightly slanted. This inclination has developed over the years and is one of the characteristic features that make the cathedral and its tower so unique.

Inside the cathedral there are medieval frescoes and intricate stone sculptures. Because there was a wedding about to start, I could just peek inside. I am sure there is a lot to explore.

Faded frescoe on the wall

Medieval half-timbered houses

With respect to the half-timbered houses it looks like they went above and beyond here. It is real artwork.

Several half-timbered houses. The beams are in red, brown and green and very ornamental.

Sometimes it looks like elements of the house started sliding and they just decided to go with it. I am wondering what effect this has on the rooms inside.

Small, half-timbered house withonly two windows on one floor. The left window is visibly tilted.
The left window is tilted

As if this kind of decoration isn’t already enough for a facade some go beyond. Here is an example of figures attached to a bakery. Those are the creations of the owners inspired by the Minotians, Panotians and Shimaeren from all over the world.

A half-timbered house with red figures that resemble dragons.


I like it when institutions think of how to make everything more accessible. For example, you might have seen tactile models that allow blind and visually impaired people to get an idea of the shape and structure of buildings. However, those are typically only available in highly frequented attractions.

Here in Limburg you could also find them off the main route. I would love to have them around a lot more as I imagine, they are helpful. But I have to admit, I never talked with a visually impaired person about how useful they are.

A tactile model in the front, the actual ruins it is describing in the back. The model has the buildings and structures as well as a description about the order in which things were built.

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