Augsburg CathedralFebruary 3, 2014
[box type=”note” size=”large” style=”rounded”]奧格斯堡大教堂 (Augsburg Cathedral) 位於德國奧格斯堡市內，是天主教奧格斯堡教區的主教座堂和和耶穌聖心堂區的本堂區聖堂。奧格斯堡大教堂最初於11世紀呈羅馬式建築風格，隨後在14世紀增加了哥特式建築風格。大教堂主殿為巴羅克式藝術精華，且有巴羅克奇蹟之美譽，內有十一世紀的大型青銅門；其中，尤以文藝復興早期畫家霍爾拜因的美麗祭壇畫而聞名，建於十二世紀高聳的彩色琉璃窗上，保留著這世上最古老的人物採塑琉璃畫，內容在描繪舊約聖經裡先知的故事，而今次接受訂購的最新Holy Windows: Augsburg Cathedral就鑲有教堂內先知但以理的彩繪，每枚附原裝精美木盒及證書。凡購買此銀幣均可獲贈$100電子禮券作下次購物之用。[/box]
The cathedral is perhaps located on the site of a pre-existing 4th-century building, not necessarily a church, whose foundations have been excavated beneath the current level; the site is included within the ancient Roman walls of Augusta Vindelicorum. The first known church in the place is documented from 822, but dating to the late 8th century reigns of bishopsWikterp and Simpert.
The edifice was damaged by the Magyars, and was restored in 923 under bishop Ulrich. Another repairing intervention occurred in 994, when the western apse crumbled down; the restoration was funded by empress Adelaide. The current Romanesque structure was commissioned in 1043 by bishop Henry III, and was completed in 1065. The two towers, which are visible from the whole city, were completed in 1075. From 1331 to 1431 numerous Gothic elements were added, including the eastern choir.
During the Protestant Reformation, the church lost most of its religious artworks, although some were later restored. The interior, which was turned into a Baroque one during the 17th century, was partially to its late medieval appearance in the 19th century, with the addition of some neo-Gothic elements. In 1565 the northern tower was heightened. The church suffered only limited damage during World War II, mostly to the Chapel of Our Lady.
The new coin illustrates the main building of the Augsburg Cathedral with a glass window inlay on the reverse side. The stained glass window of Daniel is part of a series of five windows in the south clerestory that are the oldest in Germany, late 11th century or early 12th century. The coin set will be with a wooden box and certificate.