The cathedral treasure chamber in Essen reveals the glorious history of the city. The ecclesiastical exhibits displayed here are priceless and bear witness to the power and wealth of the princess abbesses who ruled the convent and the city of Essen from the 9th right into the 19th century. The "Golden Madonna" is considered one of the oldest free-standing sculptures of the Virgin Mary in the western world.
In the 9th century, Bishop Altfrid founded the free secular convent for ladies of the nobility, which ultimately became the city of Essen. The convent ladies lacked neither wealth nor political influence due to the close family ties to Ottonian ruling house. One indication of this worldly power is the "Child's Crown" of Otto III, a gift from his godmother, the Essen abbess Mathilde. By contrast, the four crucifixes dating back to the Ottonian times are insignia of piety. There are only six of these masterpieces left in the world.
Monday - Saturday 10a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday and on Holiday 11.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rosenmontag, Karfreitag, Allerheiligen, Heiligabend, 1. Weihnachtstag, Silvester und Neujahr geschlossen, Führungen nach Absprache
4 €, reduced 2 €, Familyticket 8 €, Jahreskarte 20 €