Cathedrals in Germany (1st edition)
- 1 General info and comments
- 2 Contents
- 3 Rules
- 4 Other expansions
- 5 Tile distribution
- 6 The cathedrals in detail
- 7 Footnotes
General info and comments
This mini expansion, containing 6 well-known cathedrals in Germany, gives the players the opportunity to gain a respectable number of points with the help of archbishop and highwayman.
- 6 new land tiles showing cathedrals in Germany.
Each of the 6 cathedral tiles has 3 or 4 roads segments starting from the cathedral. 
Shuffle the six new Land tiles showing the cathedrals with those from the base game. This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne base game and its rules still apply .
Placing a tile
When you draw a Land tile showing a cathedral place it according to the normal rules.
Deploying a follower
After placing a Land tile showing a cathedral you may place one of your meeples on it according to the normal rules. You may place it on a road, in a field, or on the cathedral as archbishop.
Scoring a closed road
When you complete a road leading directly to a cathedral your highwayman gives you 2 points for each tile the road consist of.
Special rule when scoring a road
Unlike the rules of the base game, for a road starting and ending on the same Land tile showing a cathedral, you count and score each section of the road separately - i.e. that tile counts twice.
Scoring a cathedral
The cathedral itself can only be scored once all roads leading to it are closed. The archbishop gives you points for all the roads - 1 point for each road tile. The 3 or 4 road segments on the cathedral tile are counted separately.
Note: A road starting and ending at the cathedral, is counted as one road, which will be scored once.
After scoring you take your meeple back as usual.
At the end of the game all unfinished roads leading to cathedrals and all unfinished cathedrals give you points. Each highwayman  and each archbishop gives you one point for each road tile leading to the cathedral.
Inns and Cathedrals
When using Inns and Cathedrals, for each closed road with an Inn or more (Inns do not stack) that leads to a cathedral, you get 3 instead of 2 points for each road tile, and 2 points instead of 1 for your archbishop. Unfinished roads with Inns at the end of the game are still worth 0 points. This applies to the highwayman as well as the archbishop.
The Princess and the Dragon
When using The Princess and the Dragon the dragon eats the archbishop when the dragon moves onto a Land tile showing a cathedral.
Total Tiles: 6
The cathedrals in detail
Cologne Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Cologne cathedral counts among the biggest gothic cathedrals in the world. Its foundation stone was laid down in the 13th century but it was finished only in the 19th. Today, Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. www.Koelner-dom.de
Frauenkirche (Munich, Bavaria)
The Frauenkirche in the capital of Bavaria was built in the late Gothic style. As early as 1494 it was consecrated as place of worship. With its towers that stand at almost 100 meters tall it is characteristic of the skyline of Munich. www.muencher-dom.de
Dresden Cathedral (Saxony)
The Frauenkirche in Dresden was built in baroque style between 1725 and 1743. During WWII it was badly hit by Allied air raids and collapsed in the morning of February 15th, 1945. Rebuilding began in 1994 and was completed 11 years later. www.frauenkirche-dresden.de
St.Michael's Church (Hamburg)
The protestant main church, Saint Michael called "Michel" ("Mike"), is the most famous church in Hamburg and a landmark of the Hanseatic town. It counts as most important baroque church in northern Germany and is dedicated to the archangel Michael whose huge bronze statue stands above the main portal. www.st-michaelis.de
Ulm Minster (Baden-Wurttemberg)
The Ulm Minster was built in Gothic style and has the tallest church tower in the world (161.5m). Its foundation stone was laid in 1377 when Ulm was still mostly catholic. Today it is Germany's biggest Protestant church building. www.ulmer-muenster.de
Aachen Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)
During a period of 600 years, 40 German kings were crowned in Aachen Cathedral - its construction started in 796. In 1978 the cathedral was the first German cultural heritage to be included in UNESCO's world heritage list. www.aachenerdom.de
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- Authors Note: Of course, the real cathedrals are located within their cities. We wanted to make the distinction since cathedrals already played a part in the first expansion Inns and Cathedrals. Thus, the cathedrals in this expansion are standing in the fields and fulfill their own function. We are also aware that no cathedrals and archbishops exist in the Protestant church. We simplified the names for easier reading. Thank you for understanding.
- Question: If you play with German Cathedrals and Cult Places, do the German Cathedrals act as a kind of monastery? Answer: No, there is no interaction as there is between monasteries/cloisters and cult places
- Question: If a road starts at one German Cathedral and ends at a different German Cathedral is the scoring of the road still 2 points per tile? Answer: Yes, still 2 points per tile.
Although the wording is not very precise, an interpretation of the rules according to the Carcassonne standard rules would mean that a highwayman final scoring should be obtained taking into account the majority on the road stretch it is on.
Therefore, according to the rules provided for German Cathedrals, a player having the majority with one or more highwaymen on an incomplete road connected to German Cathedral should get the usual scoring for that road times the the number of his/her highwaymen on that particular road.