Speyer Cathedral
Speyer Cathedral
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The cathedral St. Mary and St. Stephen in Speyer is church that is unique in its spiritual, architectural, and historical dimensions. Day for day this house of God, founded in the 11th century, casts its spell on people, serves as a site of contemplation and prayer, and testifies to the legacy of romanesque architecture. Furthermore, the cathedral of Speyer is the gravesite of Salian, Staufer, and Habsburg rulers, thus functioning as a symbol of the medieval emperorship. In 1981, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. As an episcopal church, the cathedral of Speyer is the spiritual centre of the diocese Speyer. Built in the Middle Ages as a house (Latin: domus) of God, to this very day its entire architecture serves to lead mankind to the Lord: the floor plan, the decoration, and all measurements serve this purpose. As an episcopal cathedral church, as the cathedral's parish church, as a place of pilgrimage: mass is celebrated here every day of the week.
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  • swoodruf
    Muskegon, Michigan1,578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Romanesque Style Cathedral - Different Than Most!
    This cathedral is very old. Our travel leader told us it was of the Romanesque style. It is a huge cathedral and quite plain on the outside. I am so used to seeing very ornate decoration on most European Cathedrals ... this one is decidedly different. The carving on the outside are mostly statues, and are all quite interesting. Inside the cathedral, it is also much plainer than many cathedrals. It is quite a light color, so as you walk in, it feels light. It is quite beautiful inside as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand4,204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The power and the beauty of the Romanesque
    A superb, massive, sandstone edifice which will hugely appeal to lovers of Romanesque architecture. Surprisingly little decoration for a roman catholic cathedral, but some lovely sculpture to be seen including at the entrance doors. Stands firm at one end of Speyer's attractive mainn street.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Snownado
    Reading, United Kingdom233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    One of the main attractions in Speyer, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important Romanesque-architectural structures in Germany. Beautiful sandstone building which is relatively unadorned compared to some other cathedrals. It's free to enter and there are printed information sheets in different languages. There is a room with different relics and a crypt (charge to enter this part). A must-visit if in Speyer.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Jill D
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-inspiring cathedral
    Impressive cathedral where many Emperors are buried. Made of limestone and quite plain inside, with towering columns. Not to my taste as it inspires awe rather than welcome. Free entry, with charge for crypt which is said to be very impressive. Lovely gardens.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The place of the cathedral in the hierarchy of attractions in Germany is determined simply. The Cathedral in Speyer was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in Germany as the second after the cathedral in Aachen back in 1981. This is because the cathedral is the largest surviving Romanesque church in the world. The initiator of its creation, Emperor Conrad II, was going to build the largest church in the Christian world, having begun construction presumably in 1025. However, the volume of work was so great that neither he nor his son Henry III lived to see the completion of the work. The complexity of construction is illustrated by one fact. To deliver the stone for construction, we had to build a canal! Completed under Konrad's grandson Henry IV, the cathedral is the purest example of the Romanesque style, included in all architectural manuals. At the same time, 20 years after the completion of construction in 1061, Henry orders to demolish the floor of the cathedral and increase its size to today. The roof over the central nave was demolished and instead of a flat wooden ceiling, the largest vault was created 5 meters higher than the previous one. The Council had great symbolic significance for Henry in the Investiture Controversy with Pope Gregory VII - the right to appoint bishops. It is symbolic that the new cathedral was completed in the year of Henry IV's death. Interestingly, the cathedral was built in a tiny town, even by the standards of the Middle Ages. At that time, 500 people lived in Speyer. The distant fate of the cathedral was as complicated as the life of Henry IV. In 1450, the cathedral completely burned down. In 1688, the cathedral was burned by the soldiers of Louis XIV, although initially the French were going to burn only the city, declaring the preservation of the cathedral. for half a century it stood partially destroyed. Additional destruction was brought by the French occupation in the late XVIII-early XIX century. In 1805, the dilapidated cathedral decided to demolish the Napoleonic administration, which took control of Speyer. However, Bishop Colmar of Mainz, through Empress Josephine Beauharnais, achieved the cancellation of the decree on demolition, preserving the cathedral for posterity. Unlike other German cathedrals and structures, Speyer Cathedral was not damaged during the Anglo-American bombing of World War II. Since the end of the XIX century, the cathedral has been undergoing constant restoration, the fruits of which can be appreciated by everyone.
Written 11 November 2023
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Jill D
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Impressive cathedral where many Emperors are buried. Made of limestone and quite plain inside, with towering columns. Not to my taste as it inspires awe rather than welcome. Free entry, with charge for crypt which is said to be very impressive. Lovely gardens.
Written 13 October 2023
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Snownado
Reading, UK233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
One of the main attractions in Speyer, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important Romanesque-architectural structures in Germany. Beautiful sandstone building which is relatively unadorned compared to some other cathedrals. It's free to enter and there are printed information sheets in different languages. There is a room with different relics and a crypt (charge to enter this part). A must-visit if in Speyer.
Written 22 July 2023
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This was a stop along our tour of Speyer. The cathedral has a lot of interesting history and we received a thorough education on it.
Written 26 June 2023
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A superb, massive, sandstone edifice which will hugely appeal to lovers of Romanesque architecture. Surprisingly little decoration for a roman catholic cathedral, but some lovely sculpture to be seen including at the entrance doors. Stands firm at one end of Speyer's attractive mainn street.
Written 25 June 2023
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IAN W
St Helens, UK4,296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A beautiful reddish sandstone Cathedral which is said to be the largest of Romanesque Architecture in the World.
Dates back to the 11th century.
What I liked about it was that it is not "over adorned"with unnecessary buttresses or gargoyles or over elaboration,just plain simple lines that make you realize that you're there to worship God!
Written 21 June 2023
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swoodruf
Muskegon, MI1,578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This cathedral is very old. Our travel leader told us it was of the Romanesque style. It is a huge cathedral and quite plain on the outside. I am so used to seeing very ornate decoration on most European Cathedrals ... this one is decidedly different. The carving on the outside are mostly statues, and are all quite interesting. Inside the cathedral, it is also much plainer than many cathedrals. It is quite a light color, so as you walk in, it feels light. It is quite beautiful inside as well.
Written 19 June 2023
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LegalEyeDallasTexas
Dallas, TX232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Gorgeous, massive Romanesque cathedral is simply stunning. The outside more than the inside. The surrounding town is adorable too, so spend a few hours at least.
Written 6 June 2023
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TraceyCity
Hendersonville, TN64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a pretty cathedral. Take the time to walk around the cathedral to enjoy the statues and architecture. Very pretty inside. Also behind the Cathedral is the remains of an old bridge.Really cool. Take the time to check out the city which is foosteps away. Great shops, restaurants and clean restrooms by the Police station.A town I would like to go visit again.
Written 13 April 2023
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davidandmel
Birmingham, UK1,585 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
An impressive building that is a UNESCO site - the must see sight in Speyer. A beautiful building inside and out
Written 26 December 2022
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