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, romanic pillar basilica with transept was set up in 1125/1130 and 1181 on the fundament of the already built cathedral. The ' argument of the queens' of the 'Nibelungenlied' took place at the so- called imperial portal on the north side. The gothic chapel of st. nicholas is situated next to the south portal. Inside of the cathedral are romanic and late gothic stoneworks. The east choir was furnished baroque after the city destruction in 1689. The high altar is from Balthasar Neumann. In 1048 the cathedral...

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