The first chrch &as fonded *eptemer 2, 937 at the location of the crrent cathedral &as an aey called *t. 'arice (
), dedicated to *aint 'arice and financed y /mperor Otto 0 the Great. Otto &anted to demonstrate his political po&er after the sccessfl ;attle of echfeld in 955, and ordered the constrction een efore his coronation as /mperor on <erary 2, 92. <rthermore, to spport his claim as sccessor of the /mperor of the
, he otained a lar%e nmer of anties = for e+ample, pillars to e sed for the constrction of the chrch. 'any of those anties &ere sseently sed for the second chrch in 2!9. The chrch had most li$ely one nae &ith for aisles, a &idth of # meters and a len%th of "! meters. The hei%ht is estimated as p to ! meters.The &ife of Otto, >een /ditha, &as ried in the chrch after her death in 9#. The chrch &as e+panded in 955. 6ence, the chrch ecame a cathedral. 0n 9", /mperor
Otto 0 selected 'a%der% as the seat of an archdiocese &ith -dalert on Trier as
archishop, een tho%h the city &as not centrally located t at the eastern order of his $in%dom. 6e did this ecase he planned to e+pand his $in%dom, and also hristianity, to the east into &hat is no&adays *loa$ia. This plan, ho&eer, failed. /mperor Otto 0 died
soon thereafter in 973 in 'emleen and &as also ried in the cathedral ne+t to his &ife.The entire cathedral *t. 'arice &as destroyed on Good <riday in 2!7 y a city fire. -ll
t the sothern &in% of the cloister rned do&n. -rchishop -lrecht 00 on
?efernr% decided to pll do&n the remainin% &alls and constrct a completely ne& cathedral, a%ainst some opposition of the people in 'a%der%. Only the soth &all of the cloister is still standin%. The e+act location of the old chrch remained n$no&n for a lon% time, t the fondations &ere rediscoered in 'ay 2!!3, reealin% a ildin% "! m lon% and # m &ide. The old crypt has een e+caated and can e isited y the plic.The place in front of the cathedral (sometimes called @ne& mar$etplace@,
) &as occpied y an imperial palace (
), &hich &as destroyed in the fire of 2!7. The stones of the rin sered for ildin% the cathedral. The presmptie remains of the palace &ere e+caated in the 9!s.
 Construction of the current building
*aint 'arice in 'a%der%.