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Cathedral - Kaiserdom, Speyer: 43 reviews and 144 photos

Kaiserdom zu Speyer, or the Imperial Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Steven, as is its full title, is a magnificent piece of work architecturally, but still failed to impress me the first time around. I don't know what I expected but for being catholic, it was really plain inside (a lot of late paintings were removed in the 1950s) even considering that it is a very old style, and there was no staff going about their work. Thankfully, I gave it a second chance the following day and I am glad I did as it became much more impressive when I had spent some time in Speyer and had time to walk around by the Rhine and see the cathedral from all possible angles and discover little features on its outside. Then it all of a sudden became more impressive inside as well with the high ceiling. But the crypt is still what impresses people the most, with its ancient emperors' tombs in their own little "chapel" underground. It is the only intact part of the cathedral from its time of construction.

The whole cathedral is built in the shape of a Latin cross and started by Conrad II some time around 1030 (with the entrance "porch" started much later) which is quite amazing. Even for being a church building, an awful lot inside is about religious symbolics in the construction, and you can pick up a leaflet to read about the 12 pillars which symbolise the apostles and so on. In 1689, a town fire destroyed most of the nave but it was rebuilt in the 18th century. The whole cathedral was put on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1980.

Address: Domplatz, 67346 Speyer
Directions: Impossible to miss.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2006
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