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St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche)

Kleine Weissgasse 12, 55116 Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
06131231640
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Mainz
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Although often overshadowed by the tremendous Martinsdom, this cathedral is notable for its dazzling Chagall stained-glass windows.
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Malahide, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Chagall windows are stunning, blue and so beautiful. But also look around the cloisters and feel the reverence of this place. Worth a detour to see.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

One of the best examples of Chagall's stained windows other than the ones in Zurich and Metz. St Stephen's church is easy to walk to from the old town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Ancient church with stormy at times history and a lot of WWII damage. Chagall worked here shortly before his death and created several stain glass windows. They are amazing and beautiful and will make you stare for a few minutes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The church has really very ancient history but current building is from 13th and 14th century. It is reportedly the oldest Gothic church in upper Reine district. It was damaged during the WWII but rebuilt in 60th and early 70th. Marc Chagall created here nine stain glass windows.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

St. Stephen is located somewhat above the city and offers an incredible view. The steep and narrow walk up Gau Gasse takes you past old and new buildings to St Stephen. The Chagall windows were created by Marc Chagall between 1978 and 1985. Take the walk down hill toward the Dom and the old part of the city or as... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Although St. Stephan's seems like a standard church from the outside, I highly recommend that you see it while visiting Mainz. It is a unique church with Marc Chagall's blue stained glass windows that depict detailed biblical stories in a creative way. Entrance is free and it will only cost you a walk up the hill. Don't miss it!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Chagall -- a Jew -- designed these windows to replace those that were destroyed in WWII -- a most interesting fact, I think. Make the climb up the hill to this church. You will be rewarded with not just a lovely view of the city, but by the magic of the blue glass inside St. Stephan's. If the day is... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I love to visit catherdrals and churches in every city that I visit. I was taken back when I stepped inside this church. I was very ornate compared to the brick/sandstone exterior. It was worth the walk!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

It's a small, beautiful church. Take the time to research the significance of the Chagall windows; his last commissioned work before his death. The windows are beautiful and I lucked out to be there while the organist was playing hymns. Awesome!

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Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Artist Marc Chagall's last installation. Only 6 of 7 planned windows were completed and installed. And now finally the organ has been replaced. Be sure to check for concert schedule. This church, like 85% of Mainz, was destroyed during WWII. The windows were a reconciliation project. A german artist designed windows for the Reims Dom.

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