Dom - the Cloister
The cloister behind the choir is the burial place of the clerics of the cathedral. Access is from the northern transept through the chapel beside the choir, or from outside the cathedral.
The modern fountain with the peacock refers to Saint Liborius, the local saint.
The chapel between Dom and Pfalz was erected under Bishop Meinwerk in the first quarter of the 11th century. Rumours tell that it was built by Greek builders, but according to experts these rumours cannot be trusted.
Anyway, the chapel with its slender columns, dome vaults and three naves of equal height is unique North of the Alps. Whenever the Kings and Emperors visited Paderborn this chapel was used for the dressing of the King resp. Emperor in his ceremonial robes and to keep the imeprial insignia.
A recent addition is also worth a look. The modern portal (1978) shows scenes from the New Testament and the lives of saints. Note the door handle in the shape of a dove.
The chapel is open in the daytime.
Around the Dom
After mass we first visited the cloister of the cathedral which is a quiet oasis with green grass and dead clerics buried underneath.
A chapel on the left, the steeple of the cathedral in the background, and another old churhc is on our right.
The tin box behind me is the episcopal museum which shows the treasures of the cathedral. These treasures can only be more beautiful than the building. We did not have much time and chose walking round the city instead of seeing the museum. One cannot do everything.
The guy in the fountain is supposed to be Neptun, the god of the sea. He must have been through a gale recently, he looks a bit windswept.
The rebuilt imperial palace on the back side of the cathedral is another museum we did not have enough time for.
As you see from the stairways leading up, there is a step in the terrain.
The path leads down to the area of the springs. There are more than 200 springs in the very heart of Paderborn which form the river Pader.