"Mainz: One of Germany's Historic Cities" Mainz by Tom_Fields

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This city's chief claim to fame is Johannes Gutenberg (1397-1468), inventor of the printing press. It also has a splendid cathedral and a number of museums.

Founded in 38 BC, it was a the capital of the Roman province of Germania superior. In 747 AD, St Boniface made the city the seat of the Catholic archbishop. In 1254, Mainz joined with Worms to form the Rhenish League of Cities. Today, it's the capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

  • Last visit to Mainz: Jun 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Nice page! So far I only visited Mainz in the evening when the museums were closed, but the Gutenberg sounds really interesting!

  • ELear's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    I agree. The Gutenberg museum is excellent. I was interested in the oriental material too, and in how the exhibits illustrate the development of punctuation. I'd imagine children would enjoy the museum.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Nice info on the Gutenberg...would be nice to see how printing started. Norman :)


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