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Domplatz and Franziskanerkirche

The pale marble facade of the Dom dominates Domplatz, while inside, the impressively cavernous Renaissance structure dazzles with its ceiling frescoes. Across Domplatz, an archway leads through to the Gothic Franziskanerkirche, which houses a fine Baroque altar around an earlier Madonna and Child. The altar is enclosed by an arc of nine chapels, and a frenzy of stucco. Look out for the twelfth-century marble lion that guards the stairway to the pulpit.