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Graves at the entrance to the old cathedral

The two new red sandstone sarcophagi discovered at the entrance to the old cathedral have not been moved from their original locations. The outlines of the graves were marked by inscriptions carved into the original stone floor of the entrance area. The inscription on the sarcophagus in the foreground dates the grave to 1277. This proves that high-ranking people were still being buried in the old cathedral while the choir of the Gothic cathedral was being built. One of the people buried here wore the vestments of a bishop. At various times in history since the Late Antiquity—and in particular since the early Carolingian period—it was impermissible to bury people inside consecrated churches. This is why people were often buried at the entrance to a church outside the threshold. Although initially considered a sign of humility, such burials later became a privilege reserved for those who were willing and able to make generous bequests to the Church.

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