Essen Cathedral Treasury
Essen Cathedral Treasury

Cathedral Treasury – History of the City of Essen

The Cathedral Treasury in Essen shows you that the Ruhr Area has even more to offer than industrial culture: The treasure of Essen Cathedral bears witness to more than 1,000 years of history, art and ecclesiastic life on the Ruhr.

Impressive works in the Cathedral Treasury

The Essen Cathedral Treasure is considered to be the most important legacy of the Essen women's monastery. Numerous world-famous and important works of art are housed here, including the Golden Madonna (the oldest Marian sculpture in the world), the seven-armed candlestick and the Essen sword, which is associated with Otto the Great, and the Essen Crown, the oldest crown of lilies in the world. The group of about 30 Gothic works of art of the cathedral treasure is also unique: Reliquaries, crosses, monstrances, chalices and manuscripts, plus enamelled brooches from around 1400.
A visit to the Essen Cathedral Treasury should definitely be on your list. Take part in a guided tour, embark on a journey through time and learn a lot about Essen's history. On three touch screens you also have the possibility to learn background knowledge and interesting information about the history of the pen, old manuscripts and coins.

Important information at a glance

Essen Cathedral Treasury
Burgplatz 2
45127 Essen
Tel.: +49 201 2204206
E-mail: domschatz(at)

Opening hours, entrance fees and all further information can be found on the website of the Essen Cathedral Treasury.