Mariae Heimsuchung Cathedral

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Here at the Cathedral "Mariae Heimsuchung", the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, we make our way back in time to the roots of Augsburg's history as a city. This site is where the Roman city "Augusta Vindelicum" was located, where a Christian community developed in spite of persecution. On the fountain in front of the cathedral is a statue of the martyr Saint Afra, who was executed in 304 AD. After the Romans withdrew from the city, it was ruled by a prince-bishop for a long time. The two figures beside Saint Afra are the holy bishops Saint Simpert, who ruled the city around the year 800 and Saint Ulrich, who won heroic glory at the Battle of Lechfeld around 955. All three are the diocesan patron saints of Augsburg and are buried in Saint Ulrich & Afra...

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