Mainz Cathedral Interiors

Mainz Cathedral was built during the period 975 to 1011. This cathedral burned seven times in the course of centuries, it was built that many times after and it miraculously survived the recent WWII bombings too. Reading historical facts like these made me want to visit the cathedral.

The interiors are not exactly beautiful, but simple. There are tombs and funereal monuments of former Rhineland Prince Bishop Electors. Huge decorated pillars certainly demanded attention. There are statues sculpted images and paintings of long forgotten bishops, lords, German and French saints. Walking past them was like walking through the alleys of history. There are numerous smaller chapels around the main altar, dedicated to different saints.

None of the old wall frescos and stain glass window exist today, what we see are the freshly made ones, some imitated versions too. The cathedral had housed French troops for 11 years during the Napoleonic occupation until 1814. Read more interesting facts here.

Basel, Switzerland
Mainz Cathedral

21 Responses to “Mainz Cathedral Interiors

  • You're doing a wonderful job of taking us on a tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  • Oh, yes! A wonderful tour as always, Indrani! Thank you for the history as well. Most of it I was aware of as I visited there when I lived in Germany and it was good to look back and remember! Hope you have a wonderful week!


  • Very interesting! Great job with this post:)

  • A great tour with excellent photos!

  • How very interesting ! Thank you for your effort. Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens

  • Your tour of Europe has made me realize how much we have yet to see. Maybe some day.
    Meanwhile, your photos are fascinating.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  • Very beautiful cathedral. Must be a lovely tour for you and lots of walking. Hope to visit Europe one day.

  • looks more of a church?

  • The fact that mankind rebuilds after devastation is a testament to determination. I discovered many features in buildings throughout Europe are perfect copies, as so many originals were destroyed. What appears to be a sarcophagus with candles all around looks very mysterious.

  • Thanks for sharing the interior of this cathedral with us. It may not be as imposing as some of the other cathedrals, but it is interesting just the same.

  • the towers are imposing. i like the almost austere interiors. terrific post.

  • wow those must really be tall ceilings 🙂

  • Great inside shots Indrani. Being a romanesque rather than a gothic cathedral of course it is simpler. So much of of the interior has been destroyed through the centuries and what is missing most are the old stained glass windows. I have always loved the old cathedrals of Mainz and Worms.

  • Gorgeous shots!

  • Fascinating and intricate.
    Thank you for sharing.


  • Wonderful tour of this amazing cathedral. These places always seem to have a fascinating history.

  • Really beautiful these photos with a perfect interior light allows us to enjoy the beauty of every detail. Greetings.

  • Indrani, what a lovely tour and church. Your photos are wonderful.

  • Nice tour of an interesting cathedral. I hate hearing about cathedrals being bombed regardless of what side they were on.

    That last photo is very eerie.

  • Grand n Majestic architectural beauty …well captured. Enjoyed the tour along with you.

  • Nice shots of beautiful architecture and its inside! Rich history is contained there. Burnt down seven times, rebuilt on each time, and survived WWII… it's like temples in Nara like Todaiji or Kofukuji built in 8th century.

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