Hildesheim, located 30 kilometers south of Hanover, has many highlights to offer. Hildesheim is renowned for its unique churches and cultural monuments. St. Michael’s and the Cathedral, were recognized as a joint UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 , are gems of church architecture and world famous for their art treasures. At the Dom, these include the Bernward Door cast in bronze and the Christ Column, two objects bearing witness of Bishop Bernward’s amazing creative power. The Cathedral museum features an internationally significant collection of mediaeval art and the cathedral treasure, also listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Another sight to attract great interest is the legendary 1000-year-old rosebush climbing the cathedral’s apsis. St. Michael’s church, with its monumental 13thcentury ceiling painting showing the family tree of Christ, is considered one of the most beautiful early Roman-style churches in Germany.The historic Market Square fascinates visitors to the city, as they are swept away to a different era by the view of the faithfully reconstructed buildings. A further impressive feature is the city’s museums, which house top-class precious exhibits of art history. The Roemer- und Pelizaeus- Museum tempts visitors with its important ancient Egyptian and ancient Peruvian collections as well as its spectacular special exhibits.