St. Peter’s Cathedral
The late Romanesque St. Peter’s Cathedral dominates the city skyline and is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Osnabrück. Visitors should plan a day to visit this impressive building. It is a good place to pray and reflect.
Osnabruck is a great destination for tourists who are interested in the history of religious buildings. The city has a rich heritage and many historical buildings that can be visited. Osnabruck is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you can explore and enjoy them at your leisure.
The medieval stone church on the banks of the Hase River was erected by the Frankish king Charlemagne in 780. The town’s name derives from two Low German words, “ossen” (ox) and “brugge,” a bridge.
The cathedral has undergone several restorations over the centuries. In the Baroque period, the interior was restored, while its exterior underwent a major restoration in the nineteenth century. Alexander Behnes restored the exterior and added annexes. During the Second World War, the church was bombed, and the roof was destroyed. Afterwards, the church was rebuilt and the famous Osnabruck Wheel was erected on one side of the cathedral.
The church is home to a magnificent organ. Its main organ, built by Swiss organ makers, stands above the main portal under the west rose window. The organ’s console is located at the rear wall and faces the altar. The instrument has four registers and is connected to a smaller tower organ chamber. This chamber is located on the first floor of the huge west tower.
The Marienkirche in Osnabrack is an Evangelical Lutheran market church and an important architectural monument in Osnabruck. This Gothic hall church was built in the 13th and 14th centuries on the foundations of the first church, which dates back to the 11th century. Its main features include a single-nave roofed hall, a semicircular apsis, and a fourteen-metre-high western tower.
Reconstruction of the Marienkirche began in the 1950s, following extensive World War II damage. The restoration process involved excavations that examined the architecture of the building prior to the Reformation. It also included modernisation of the heating system and external and internal renovation works. These works were funded by the local government and are now considered to be part of the Osnabrock city’s cultural heritage.
The Marienkirche is also distinctive for its buttress with pinnacles and neo-Gothic balustrades. It contrasts with the austere market houses nearby. Its exterior also features a bisection of the clerestory and ambulatory.
The interior of St. Marien resembles that of a cathedral. The ribbed vaults of the three naves are supported by tall compound piers. The tall piers are similar to those of the cathedrals of Minden and Paderborn. The capitals are adorned with naturalistic motifs that recall those in the Minden Cathedral.
In the Draiflessen Collection in Osbrock, Michael Pinsky has created a multimedia installation that simulates different climate and air conditions. In five interconnected domes, visitors can experience the clear air of Norway, the smell of diesel-operated London taxis, or the smog in Beijing and New Delhi. The work has already caused a stir internationally. The museum’s mission is to stimulate thinking and challenge the audience’s perception.
If you’re planning a visit to Mettingen, you’ll have to plan enough time to visit the Draiflessen Collection museum, which will feature two special exhibitions and will be open from 22 June 2022. Both exhibitions are based on the history of the two brothers from Mettingen, who founded C&A in the Dutch city of Sneek in 1841.
The Draiflessen Collection is the repository of the Brenninkmeijer family archives. Each year, the museum works according to a theme. Last year, the museum’s theme was Learning From the Past. In addition to the Brenninkmeijer Archives, the Draiflessen Collection in Osnabrock also featured SPARK by Daan Roosegarde, one of the world’s most famous action artists.
The Draiflessen Collection is also home to a huge number of statues. However, while you’re in Osnabrock, you shouldn’t follow the statues as your guide. For example, don’t miss Pernickelmuhle, a former mill that was mentioned in 13th century documents.
ArtCenter Osnabrock offers a unique blend of art education and design education for the budding artists and designers. The college offers small studio classes taught by practicing artists and designers. Students have access to the latest equipment and techniques in the field. They also participate in Designmatters projects and study abroad opportunities.
The ArtCenter Osnabrock was founded in 1930 by advertising industry veteran Edward A. “Tink” Adams, who wanted to give students practical skills while preparing them for a career in advertising. This was a revolutionary idea for education at the time. To ensure that the students would be able to find employment in the advertising industry after graduation, Adams staffed the school with working professionals. When ArtCenter Osnabrock opened its doors in 1930, Adams and a small group of colleagues made the program a success. During the Great Depression, the graduates of ArtCenter Osnabrock were able to find jobs quickly.