An entire millennium is reflected in the architecture and rich interior decoration of Augsburg Cathedral. It boasts works from just about every century as well as art whose importance extends far beyond the borders of Swabia. The most recent building research has provided evidence that the cathedral is the only largely extant Ottonian episcopal church in Germany and contains valuable traces of its first interior coat of paint. The famous bronze portal, which is now housed at the
Diocesan Museum, also dates from the early 11th century. The second major stage of the building history is clearly visible in the wonderful High Gothic cathedral chancel.The building's highlights include its world-famous Romanesque Windows
of Prophets and the panel painting by Hans Holbein the Elder, to which a new west chancel window by Johannes Schreiter was added in 2010. The terrific up-to-date picture material along with the contributions by the authors of this book open up new perspectives on a living testimony of faith carved in stone.