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Inside, the Cathedral is richly decorated with a Baroque altar, high choir and two side altars by Balthasar Neumann, crafted after the destructions in 1689. The side walls are decorated with Romanesque and Gothic reliefs showing Christ’s life. Also, a lot of small chapels are added into the outer naves, but only some are open for prayers. A famous one is Nikolauskapelle (near the main gate), where a relic of St. Nikolaus is treasured. The side walls do have very nice stained glass windows, one of them is a storytelling window and tells about all events that happened in Worms in the past. For more impressions of these, please see my two travelogues.
In the crypt (below the choir) are the remains of the Salian Kings, which ruled before Konrad II (see Speyer).
Make sure, you also go to the southeastern part inside the Cathedral (right hand side of the choir) to see a model of Kaiserpfalz*, Cathedral and adjoining buildings of the days before the destructions in 1689. It must have been a huge complex and seeing the model left me again with a sad and angry feeling for the sick brains which initiate wars (in any time). It is quite dull and dark inside, sorry that my pictures cannot show it all better.
Well, how should I describe my personal impression of the Cathedral ? I like Baroque, but only if it “fits”, which for me are more the little churches. Here, in the huge Cathedral of Worms, I had a strange feeling of mourning and dullness. Compared to Speyer’s Cathedral (which originally was built more or less around the same time), Worms Cathedral does not have the grandeur for me. Maybe it is that Speyer had more money (through the UNESCO listing) to spend for original restoration, maybe it’s the overdecoration here in Worms, I don’t know.
If you come and visit Worms and the Cathedral, try to go to Speyer as well to get your own impression.
*%s(“Pfalz” = seat of power of emperors during the Holy Roman Empire, not to be confused with Pfalz = Palatine, the region)
Address: Dompfarramt, Lutherring 9, 67547 Worms.
Directions: Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
49°37’47,81’’ N; 08°21’34,92’’ E
Phone: +49 - 06241 - 6115
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