Source: Brief synthesis The ancient Benedictine abbey church of St Michael in Hildesheim, located in the north of Germany, is one of the key monuments of medieval art, built between 10 by Bernward, Bishop of Hildesheim.
The first cathedral building on the site of Hildesheim's St. One of the oldest episcopal churches in Germany and Europe, the triple-naved basilica was completed in 1061.
In addition to its striking architecture, it also boasts impressive art treasures that simply must be seen, including the Bernward doors dating from 1015, which features depictions of the Salvation of Man, or the Column of Christ from 1020 showing the acts of Christ.
Lastly, St Michael's displays the painted stuccos of the choir screen and the amazing ceiling: 27.6 m long and 8.7 m wide, depicting the Tree of Jesse, which covers the nave.
These two works were carried out after the canonisation of St Bernward in 1192 – the stuccos at the very end of the 12th century and the ceiling around 1130.
Highlights include the wooden ceiling dating from the 13th century.