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For more than 850 years, the treasure of Essen's convent church has been stored here, in an annex to the south of the church. Pictured: the Cathedral Treasury.
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The Treasury of Essen Cathedral

Around the year 850 and together with members of his family, the Saxon nobleman Altfrid built a convent for noble women in the area of today's minster. The Cathedral Treasury contains the valuables of the former convent in Essen.

For almost 1,000 years, the religious community of women helped to define the history of Essen. After its closure in 1802 and 1803, the two associated churches, the minster, and St. Johann, were given to the parish of the minster in Essen.

In 1958, the minster became the cathedral of the newly founded diocese Essen. That is also the reason the treasure of the convent is called the "cathedral treasure."

In the course of the centuries, books, liturgical equipment, receptacles for relics, ecclesiastical paravents (textiles and draperies), sculptures, and paintings were crafted for the interior of the minster and as liturgical equipment for services and worship. The reason for the treasure's fame is a group of distinguished and famous artworks from the 10th and 11th centuries. Among these artworks are the Golden Madonna and the seven-branched candelabrum—the most important and prominent icons.

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