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Cathedral at Munsterplatz / St. Vincent (Munster Kirche)

Munsterplatz 1, Bern 3000, Switzerland
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Ranked #7 of 34 Attractions in Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Lookouts
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Located in the center of the Old Town, this 15th-century cathedral sports a towering 328-foot-tall spire that dominates the city skyline.
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Bethesda, Maryland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

After half a millennium, this cathedral is still under construction, meaning that scaffolding mars the view of and from the tower. Only a small bits of the late gothic decorative program survived protestant iconoclasm, but the last judgement scene at the west portal is fantastic. The tower climb is well worth the effort; the view of the medieval Berne stretching... More

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Fossano, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Well, let's say you need to be slightly in good shape to walk all the stairs up but I can guarantee you that the view is definitely a reward! There is no way one could stop taking a picture after another. So good. Bern's roofs and the smoke fuming out the chimneys seem coming out of a fairy tale book.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We couldn't see enough of the outside to know fully what it is like due to restoration work, and the interior was marred by loud baning from workmen erecting scaffolding. However, we could see the wonderful 15th century glass that survived disastrous Reformation iconoclasm. The entrance porch has a colourful sculpture of the last judgement from the same period, which... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great way to see the city from a birds eye view! Need to be reasonably fit to climb the 312 steps but well worth it once you reach the top!

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Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Huge, with a nice panoramic view in the tower for free. I would recommend anyone going here no matter the weather :)

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Washington
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436 reviews 436 reviews
173 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

After attempting several camera angles, we finally gave up on taking photos of this grand huge cathdral in the middle of Bern Old Town. You can spend days examining all the amazing sculptures, spires, columns, arches, stained glass. It is free entry, but no camera or video taping (although we saw several tour group ignoring the signs). We sat down... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I love old churches and this one does not disappoint. Be sure and visit when you're in Bern. You won't regret it.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

it is the switzerlands largest n most significant church from the late middle ages.the exterior has a huge spire and the portal depicts the last judgement.one can go inside n see the stained glass windows,we couldnt see it due to lack of time.i believe from atop there is a lovely view of the snow capped mountains of the bernese oberland.also... More

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千葉県
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

When I visited, the cathedral was under the construction and I could not enter inside. I took photo outside. I know only facade but I could feel history.

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Johannesburg
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was really the highlight of our visit to Bern. Beautiful inside and outside. The organ is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

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