Cathedral of St. Mattius
|Cathedral of St. Mattius|
|The Most Holy and Righteous Cathedral, in the name of Saint Mattius, liberator if the BergesMenn|
|Denomination||Levantine Catholic Church|
|Dedication||Dec. 23, 1903|
|Earlier dedication||Dec. 23, 1003|
|Number of spires||2|
|Bells||19 (29,122.73 lbs)|
|Archdiocese||Archdiocese of Burgundie|
|Rector||Rev. Msgr. Mathew Fergusen|
The Cathedral of St. Mattius is built on the original location of the BergesKirke, the first Christian church in Burgundie. The BergesKirke was dedicated on Christmas Eve in 1003, but during the 49 years of the Long March the church fell into disrepair. In 1079 it was rededicated and the cornerstone for the Cathedral of St. Mattius was laid.
The First Cathedral
The first Cathedral of St. Mattius was built in a single storied non-ornamental style. It served as a place of worship and also a garrison for Christians in the event that Kongerhus was attacked and as such was buttressed for defense. Its stone walls were 3ft thick and its windows could be boarded in a matter of minutes. The position, Parishioner-at-Arms, was created and led drills on the boarding of the windows and defense of the church after the Mass. While this position is largely ceremonial now, it was coveted and became very powerful in the mid 12th-16th centuries.
This cathedral served as the seat of the Archdiocese of Burgundie from its completion in 1082 until it became too small to fit its parishioners in the 1450s.
The Second Cathedral
Following the expansion of the congregation, the Archdiocese of Burgundie submitted a request to the Holy See for funds to create a new cathedral. The request was originally denied on the premise that St. Mattius had never been canonized by the papacy and that the Christensen dynasty had been built on the lies of Johann. Seeking national absolution the Archbishop of Burgundie begged for the forgiveness of the Pope, who gave it be on the condition that the Archdiocese begin a campaign to purge any Helvianirian vestiges in the Burgundian practice of Levantine Catholicism.
Accepting the offer, the archdiocese was compelled to hire a Latin architect and to commission a building the in the Latin style. The resulting building was beautiful but was never a favorite of the local Burgundians.
Third (Existing) Cathedral
In 1901 a mysterious fire burned the second cathedral to the ground. While it was never proven, the archdeacon was held responsible as he had fled and was never found. It was speculated that he escaped to Helvianir. Catholics across Levantia donated to the support and relief fund that was set up to build a new church. In 1903, again on Christmas Eve Mass, the new cathedral was dedicated.