Timetable of the Cathedral, with some illustrating Photographs
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|Around 1065||Christianization of Polabia
(Slavic country near the Elbe river). Founding of the Benedictine
monastery of St. Georgsberg.
|1062||Aristo named first bishop of
the newly founded episcopate of Ratzeburg by the Archbishop Adalbert
|July 15, 1066||Great revolt of the Wends.
Ansverus, abbot of the monastery of St. Georgsberg, and eighteen
monks stoned to death.
Battle of Schmilau. Victory over the Wends. Christianization slowly resumed.
|1154||Refounding of the episcopate
of Ratzeburg by Henry the Lion.
|Aug., 11th, 1154||Laying of the corner stone
of the cathedral. First bishop: Evermod (1154-1178).
|After 1160||Beginning of construction.
|Around 1220||Construction of the Southern
vestibule. Cathedral completed.
|1251ff.||Construction of the cloister
and of the chapter house (Praemonstratensian canons).
|1380||Addition of the Lauenburg
|1504||Abdiction of the monastery.
Canons discontinue wearing the garb of the Praemonstratensians.
|1554||Conversion to Protestantism
by Bishop Christoph von Schulenburg.
|1566||Georg Usler, first
Protestant Minister of the cathedral.
Secularization of the episcopal office. Ratzeburg joined to Mecklenburg as principality.
|1693||Cathedral damaged in Danish
siege of Ratzeburg (see canonballs, e.g. in entrance wall).
|1876-1881||Restoration of the cathedral
(Gothic chapel removed).
Lightening causing fire in the cathedral.
Thorough restoration of the cathedral. Recovery of its original state.
New church bells.