Imperial Cathedral in Mainz

Mainz Cathedral

The cathedral, founded by Archbishop Willigis in 975, is the oldest monumental vaulted building in Germany after the Speyerer and before the Worms. Within the cathedral, some memorabilia, such as old tombs or altars, have accumulated over time. Unique is the underground Nassauer chapel. On the cloister were probably buried around 250 people, in whose upper floor is today the Episcopal Cathedral and Diocesan Museum Mainz.

The vivid market place is located in the middle of Mainz and above him thrones the cathedral St. Martin. Archbishop Willigis let it built in the 10th century after the role model of the basilica St. Peter in Rome. The house of God witnessed seven king's coronations but also seven fires. Not least because of this is the church architecture shaped by numerous reconstructions and additions. However, the old basic dimensions and the Romanesque appearance have never been lost sight of.

When you step through the big portal of the imperial cathedral the buzz of the old town goes out. The interior space with three ships, two choirs and numerous chapel additions offers the possibility to have a silent prayer. Wo wants to get to know hidden details and specialties of the impressive building can participate in an exciting cathedral tour.

Worth seeing is also the two-floor cloister from the 15th century. In the adjoining buildings once lived the canons. Today there's the Episcopal Cathedral and Diocesan Museum, the second largest of its kind in germany. In the museum you will find, beside changing exhibitions, a huge collection of sacral artworks.

 

 

20160407_095139-copy © Ulrike Salzmann

  "This cathedral above the Rhine Valley with all of its might and glory would have remained in my memory even if I had never seen it again," wrote the German author Anna Seghers. The majestic Cathedral of Mainz is a key feature of the cityscape even today – over a thousand years after its construction. Mainz, located at the intersection of important trade routes and the place where Saint Boniface worked and lived, became an important centre of Christianity from 746/47. The city was eventually promoted to the Metropolitan...

Cathedral and Diocesan Museum

  The Episcopal Cathedral and Diocesan Museum extends over a floor space of 3000 square metres and is thus the second largest diocesan museum in Germany. It features a unique sequence of rooms from the early, high and late Middle Ages in which works of art dating from 500 to 1500 CE are on display. The ground floor is reserved for special exhibitions. In the basement of the museum, visitors walk through early and late medieval vaulted cellars where artefacts of Roman Mainz, and the Romanesque and Gothic periods are being exhibited. On...

Diocese of Mainz

Drone flight around the cathedral of Mainz

Karlscam- the webcam that offers a live view of the Mainz Cathedral. The Diocese of Mainz took this as an occasion and organised a drone flight.

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