St Ulrich and Afra Basilica

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Both churches present a magnificent architectural ensemble with the Catholic St. Ulrich and Afra Basilica and Protestant St. Ulrich at the end of the Emperor mile. Almost symbolically, these united churches underscore confession parity, the equal status of the faiths that has a long tradition here in Augsburg. The Basilica's majestic, stretched-out nave was built by Burkhard Engelberg in the late gothic period and consecrated in 1500 by Emperor Maximilian. The 93 meter tall onion dome would not be finished for another 100 years. At almost a right angle to the Basilica stands the smaller protestant St. Ulrich's church from 1525, which emerged from a former sermon hall and was left to the Protestants soon after the posting of Luther's Theses. Worth seeing is the curiously shallow vaulted ceiling with its delicate stucco decoration from the Regency Era...

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