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“Beautiful Germanic Cathedral”
Review of Speyer Cathedral

Speyer Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Speyer
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The cathedral St. Mary and St. Stephen in Speyer is church that is unique in its spiritual, architectural, and historical dimensions. Day for day this house of God, founded in the 11th century, casts its spell on people, serves as a site of contemplation and prayer, and testifies to the legacy of romanesque architecture. Furthermore, the cathedral of Speyer is the gravesite of Salian, Staufer, and Habsburg rulers, thus functioning as a symbol of the medieval emperorship. In 1981, the cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. As an episcopal church, the cathedral of Speyer is the spiritual centre of the diocese Speyer. Built in the Middle Ages as a house (Latin: domus) of God, to this very day its entire architecture serves to lead mankind to the Lord: the floor plan, the decoration, and all measurements serve this purpose. As an episcopal cathedral church, as the cathedral's parish church, as a place of pilgrimage: mass is celebrated here every day of the week.
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Beautiful Germanic Cathedral”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

The Cathedral is in Germanic Style with limestone walls and columns. It is the base for the area Bishop and it looks as such. I would highly recommend a visit if in the area

Visited June 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Rough”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

While this world heritage site is one of the oldest existing cathedrals, built in the 11th century in the Romanesque style, and while it looks impressive from the outside, especially if you approach it by crossing the bridge over the river Rhine, you might find it disappointing when you enter it. There is very little sophistication or decoration. It is big and simple and it has a good looking organ, which I didn't manage to listen to while I was there.
Entry is free, but you must pay if you want to visit the Kaisersaal and climb the tower. We thought it might not be worth it, and another reviewer here confirms that.
But it does look great from the outside.

Visited June 2013
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Tombstone, Arizona
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“Awesome”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Didn't get inside, but the exterior is beautiful. And HUGE! The sculptures in the courtyard are beautiful.

Visited May 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“A Lovely Cathedral on a Hill”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

This historic cathedral sits on a hill in the middle of Speyer. You take a very nice walk through town and up the hill to the cathedral where you will find surviving 14th century murals on the walls: heaven on the right wall and hell on the left wall.

No charge for entry.

Visited March 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Speyer Cathedral”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is one of Germany's oldest cathedrals. It is built in Romanesque style and has the tombs of several emperors from the Salian dynasty. While there I was privilaged to listen to an organist practice for half an hour which greatly added to the experience.

Visited April 2013
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