Worms Cathedral inside, © Dominik Ketz© Dominik Ketz

Imperial Cathedral in Worms

Worms Cathedral

The Worms Cathedral is the smallest and also the youngest of the three Rhenish imperial cathedrals, two of which can be found in Rheinhessen. Its design is a classic example of Romanesque. It was built from 1130 to 1181. In Worms Cathedral is also the St. Nicholas Chapel, which was built in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. In the underground of the cathedral is an old grave site, which houses sarcophagi of ancestors and relatives of Emperor Konrad II.

worms-dom-st-peter-c-Uwe-feuerbach_uwe4713 © Uwe Feuerbach

  The double-choir, Romanesque pillared basilica with transept was built between 1125/1130 and 1181 on the foundations of the built by Bishop Burchard (1000-1025) Cathedral. The present cathedral is located in the area of the former. Roman Forum, where there was also a basilica in late and post-Roman times. On the so-called Kaiserportal on the north side played the "dispute of the queens" in the Nibelungenlied. A special feature is the gothic south portal, the portal for the people, with the figural design as a "stone picture Bible"....

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