Speyer, Germany

Speyer doesn’t sound very significant from tourism point of view, except that it has a huge Romansque cathedral dating back from 10th century listed in Unesco World Heritage site. And since we were traversing through upper Rhine-Neckar valley while targeting to reach Heidelberg from Strasbourg, we decided NOT to give this place a miss.

Yes, as expected we saw the church spires from far, the four bell towers of the giant Kaiserdom dominated the skyline. A neat and clean city with everything in its place and had no sign of disorderliness at all; this was so prominently bold that I had to make a mention of it here. History too seems to have been smooth, with no destruction from WWs.

The cathedral here is so refreshing very different from the usual gothic structures I had been seeing. The cathedral has the pride of place in the main square of Speyer facing down the main street of the city, an imposing sight! The thick heavy columns, a gallery that encircles the whole building, interiors enhanced in 19th century with neo-Romanesque decorative paintings and large historical panels. In 1957, a massive restoration work was undertaken; we now get to see the restored form of the 10th century cathedral.

Other sights sought after sight by the tourists were the Domnapf and the Altpörtel. In front of the cathedral stands the Domnapf. This is a huge bowl or font which has a capacity of 1560 litres of water. A gate with tower located at the other end of Maximilianstraße, in the opposite direction of the cathedral. It is one of the few parts that are left of the medieval city walls.

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41 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What a magnificent cathedral, Indrani! I love your capture of the inside! Wonderful! Hope you have a great week!

  2. Welcome Indrani!
    Very interesting post. Great pictures.
    Regards:)
    Lucia

  3. George says:

    I'm glad you decided to stop to see this magnificent cathedral. It is very different from others you've visited.

  4. magiceye says:

    Very impressive! Beautifully captured

  5. What an incredible place!

  6. Karen says:

    What a grand and beautiful church!

  7. Arija says:

    For a city that has lasted over 2,000 years, has been conquered by many since the Romans took it over, it is now in good repair although in many intervening years there has been massive destruction. It certainly has a rich history and one of the great romanesque cathedrals

  8. So beautiful photos.

  9. you seem to attract gorgeous churches wherever you go.

  10. ladyfi says:

    What amazing and gorgeous shots of this wonderful cathedral.

  11. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, it is a beautiful cathedral. I love the spires and the towers. Lovely photos!

  12. Majestic Cathedral! Nice captures.

  13. I like green roofs. 🙂

  14. Gary says:

    Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  15. Carver says:

    Beautiful shots of the cathedral. It is impressive.

  16. Anna says:

    So beautiful, Indra!
    Love the cathedral…
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna

  17. Germany showsits prowess, lovely shots.

  18. beautiful!!! those blue spires really stand out against the stone..

  19. It's a lovely place. In my experience the less popular places are more charming.

  20. I like the copper roofs and trim. I'm glad you didn't miss this!

  21. Yes for a change its nice to see a different type of a cathedral

  22. i b arora says:

    great pics, as always

  23. Have been to Frankfort / minz & wisbaden but never heard about speyer.

    Thanks for sharing.

    My post on Germany :-

    http://www.semwalonwheels.com/2013/11/spending-week-in-chilled-germany.html

  24. Just one word, it is beautiful place.

  25. Lovely architecture, Indrani. And I’ve a request for you: Please do write a article, sometime, on the points that make a place significant from tourism point of view. I’d love to know the mindset of tourists and tourism industry. 🙂

  26. Arun says:

    A very different kind of Cathedral this is!

  27. Interesting Post, Indrani.. Excellent Photography!

  28. What a magnificent cathedral,.. loved the capture 🙂

  29. Chaitali says:

    You always take us to a new place and a new era… The shots are beautiful too.

  30. Beautiful pictures 🙂

  31. As usual amazing capture Indrani 🙂

  32. It is magnificent. Nice clicks:-)

  33. Sapana says:

    Germany has beautiful Churches. I have seen one in Ulm. Very beautiful country.

  34. dNambiar says:

    A hidden gem, huh?!

  35. Gorgeous! Love these old architectural gems.

  36. Yogi Saraswat says:

    Beautiful intro of a new place to me with great pictures !!

  37. wow! great place with beautiful clicks…..

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