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“One of the highlights of Worms” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dom zu Worms

Dom zu Worms
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Worms
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Wiesbaden, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
“One of the highlights of Worms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

No trip to Worms should be without a visit to this impressive cathedral. It is somewhat in the same style as the cathedral in Mainz and one gets the same very serious dark feeling when entering. For Lutherans, or those simply interested in Protestant history, this is a significant location because of Luther's appearance here in 1521 to answer for his opposition to the papal practices of the Roman Catholic church.

Visited June 2013
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“Great Hystoric church a bit pressed by the town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Imperial Cathedral in Worms is one of the most impressive Cathedrals in Germany and one of the most interesting Romanesque Building in the Reinland.
It is of course famous for its Nebelung relationships and to see the place written in the 5 - 6 th century sagas is nice. You have to have a closer look on the cathedral interior and of course pay a visit inside - both are very interesting and to write on those behalf will take a longer time.

The only disappointment - is that the town literary squeeze the Dom from every side and the feeling of light and fly is somehow disappearing more and more - but it is still a great place to visit and a must for all who likes the Nebelung Story and the history of church!

Visited May 2013
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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“A magnificent baroque surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

The Wormser Dom is one of surprises. The exterior of the Romanesque basilica is impressive and slightly forbidding: built in red sandstone with mostly simple ornamentation, the building gives the impression of unyielding authority and resolute determination. The simplicity and lack of architectural frivolity are carried through to the interior with the strikingly clean lines of the massive columns along the nave. Those more used to the soaring windows of Gothic architecture will also find the interior rather dark, due to the relatively small and high windows, something that enhances the rather stern character of the building.

Yet a surprise is in store when one turns to the high altar. In striking contrast to the largely unadorned stone of the building we have a late Baroque confection of gilded wood and coloured marbles by the famous 18th-century architect Balthasar Neumann. This brings a dazzling explosion of colour and opulence into the interior. The effect, perhaps especially due to the contrast, is nothing short of magnificent.

Returning to the exterior, the red sandstone is stunning when it catches the early evening light. What a pity it is, then, that the authorities in Worms don't appear to appreciate what they have and have allowed some unsympathetic developments in the Dom's environs, blocking what would have been fine views of the basilica. The most egregious of these is perhaps the new Volksbank on Marketplatz. If the basilica can appear stern, this is brutal. It squats there, unapologetically sticking two fingers up at imaginative and humane urban planning.

Visited March 2013
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“Romanesque Cathedral”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Worms Dom is one of a trip of Romanesque Cathedrals in cties along the Rhine - the other two are Mainz & Speyer. It's a beautiful building, set on a rise just above the Alstadt. Most famous for being where the Diet of Worms (no it's not a bad culinary pun) dealt with Martin Luthur when he had the audacity to criticise the Catholic Church. Fantastic stained glass windows. Nearby are large sections of the medieval town wall.

Visited December 2012
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Boston, MA
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“Very impressive church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Right in the center of the town, a beautiful, huge cathedral that welcomes visitors, even on a Sunday morning before services. Definitely worth a look.

Visited October 2012
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