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Chur - Kathedrale St. Mariae Himmelfahrt

Chur - Kathedrale St. Mariae Himmelfahrt
A cathedral may have existed here already within the 5th century. The Kathedrale St. Mariae Himmelfahrt (= "Saint Mary of the Assumption") of today was erected 1150 - 1272, from east to west.

The crypt, under the risen choir, is probably the oldest part of the cathedral. The architectural concept is very similar to that of neighbouring St. Luzius, built the same time.

Four evangelists, standing on lions guard, the crypt. Seen here are two of them. They must have been produced for another place originally, as the sculptures have obviously been used as pillars - like caryatids - once.

Are they indeed influenced by the sculptures in the cloister of Saint Trophime in Arles? It is claimed somewhere.

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