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Location: Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Under no circumstances should you pass Speyer without having stopped by the cathedral! It is the largest surviving Romanesque church in the world. Since 1981 he is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition to the actual Dombesuch is always recommended a visit to the crypt. Also worth seeing: The Domnapf outside the church. For festivals it is filled with wine again and again.
September 2, 2016
Speyer is a city on the Upper Rhine. As a Roman foundation, then called Noviomagus or Civitas Nemetum (capital of the tribe of the Nemeter), it is one of the oldest cities in Germany and was as Spira to 600 center of Speyergau. In the Middle Ages Speyer was one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation as a free imperial city. Between 1816 and 1945, the seat of the Bavarian administration of the Palatinate, Speyer today belongs to the state of Rhineland-Palatinate as an independent city and has 50,284 inhabitants (as of 2015).
Speyer is well known for its imperial and royal domes. It is the world's largest surviving Romanesque church and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.
November 3, 2016
Speyer Cathedral looks back on almost 1,000 years of history. In 1025, the Salian king Konrad II personally laid the foundation stone with the aim of building the largest church in the West. He himself did not live to see the completion of the construction work. Only 40 years later, when his grandson Heinrich IV was already king, was the cathedral inaugurated. In the following centuries, the cathedral was expanded and enlarged again and again.
In the Palatinate War of Succession, French troops finally occupied Speyer. They had orders to burn down the city - except for the cathedral. However, the church building could not be completely protected from the flames and the cathedral was badly damaged. Restoration work only began in the 18th century. The original Romanesque building was supplemented with Baroque elements, which were dismantled during subsequent works in the 19th century and replaced by neo-Romanesque extensions. It has only been since the 1960s that attempts have been made to fully restore the original Romanesque form.
A visit to the cathedral is also worthwhile for non-religious people, because it also gives you a glimpse into the history of Speyer and the building history of the churches of the West.
October 30, 2018
The cathedral is a Unesco heritage and impresses with its simplicity. I can recommend the visit of the Kaisersaal with the inspection of the tower. Although this costs a bit (6 €), but includes a small tour to the Imperial Hall and with explanations to the frescoes. The story of how they came up in this room is best explained here. I'm impressed with what they did so long ago. Today such acts would probably fall victim to the euro.
July 11, 2018
Everything has been said about the wonderful cathedral, and it is definitely worth a detour, especially since downtown Speyer is very easy to get around by bike.
In addition, perhaps, the note that renovation work is currently being carried out on and in the cathedral. Nevertheless, the cathedral and tower are completely accessible.
September 22, 2019
According to Wikipedia, a legend says that Konrad laid the foundation stone for the Limburg monastery (near Bad Dürkheim) early in the morning, then rode to Speyer with his wife Gisela and his entourage to build the foundation stone for the cathedral and the Saint Johannes monastery on the same day to lay the later St. Guido pen. In order to bring the amount of stone and wood required for the construction to Speyer, a canal was built from the Palatinate Forest to the Rhine. This channel could mean the relocation of the Speyerbach, which was moved a few kilometers to the south in the Middle Ages at the latest to supply Speyer.
December 6, 2020
The construction of the cathedral began between 1024 and 1030. In 1061 the largest church in the world was finished and the cathedral was consecrated. In 1981 the Romanesque church building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
August 24, 2020
The crypt is not grablege but an underground church .... thus also the oldest part of the entire structure. Costs 2-3 euros extra but you should not miss. How often do you have the opportunity to enter a room that has been unchanged for almost 1000 years?
September 21, 2019
The Romanesque cathedral, donated by Emperor Konrad II (around 990 to 1039) from the Salian family, was built between 1030 and 1061 as a three-nave vault with a Latin cross plan and was consecrated to St. Mary and St. Stephen in 1061. After 1080, Emperor Heinrich IV (1050 to 1106) had the expansive and widely visible building redesigned, which was completed in the early 12th century.Under the choir and the entire transept there is a spacious crypt, which is the burial place of important Salian emperors, kings, bishops and canons.In 1689 a city fire destroyed more than half of the cathedral's nave. It was rebuilt in its original form from 1772 to 1778. However, the subsequent devastation of the building by French revolutionary troops in 1794 led to the loss of all furnishings and to the profanation of the church building.From 1818 to 1822 it was restored and rededicated.regionalgeschichte.net/pfalz/speyer/kulturdenkmaeler/kaiserdom-zu-speyer.html
December 11, 2022
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Location: Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany