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Address: Altstadt, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 6232 1020
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun 11:30 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The cathedral St. Mary and St. Stephen in Speyer is church that is unique...

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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Rich History and Deep Faith

This cathedral is very large and has lovely paintings around the top. It also has one of the oldest baptismal fonts in the world! There is a crypt and many relics.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This cathedral is very large and has lovely paintings around the top. It also has one of the oldest baptismal fonts in the world! There is a crypt and many relics.

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Weinheim, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Speyer Cathedral is one of the oldest in Germany dating back to 1030. Obviously it has undergone many changes but managed to maintain most of its overall form and dimensions of the 11th century structure. The impressive westwork with the entrance has been reworked in the mid 19th century though. The cathedral is of romanesque style and is on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Speyer Cathedral is a wonderful example of 11th Century Romanesque architecture and a beautiful place to marvel at the abilities of builders 1000 years ago. It's also a great place to worship the God it was built to honor. Be sure to visit the Cathedral treasury at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate - located just two blocks south... More 

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If in the region the Imperial Cathedral is worth the visit. Tourist services are limited during the winter months and the Cathedral is cold however one can only be impressed by the design and overall size. The fees were to visit the crypt and use of audio guide devices.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Cathedral is an enormous historic old edifice. I would suggest taking the guided tour. You must also visit the catacombs that have an interesting layout. Speyer is a beautiful old city and the Cathedral is a must see.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk from the train station was a little long, but once I arrived at the Dom, it was all worth it. The streets were quaint, lined with nice shops and restaurants. The Dom itself has lots of history -- largest Romanesque cathedral with several German kings and queens buried in the crypt. As far as Romanesque churches are concerned,... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

oh yes , with a guided tour , you will hear dates , and names of VIP people, but you can forget all this , and look at the different stages of building and re-building this church

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Speyer is a small but cozy, beautiful place to see. And this enormous romantic style building is a must.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

My first visit to Speyer, we took in all the 'must see' sites... Consecrated in 1041, Speyer Cathedral is home to the largest Romanesque crypt in the world with all four of the Salian emperors buried here...The meager entrance fee supports upkeep of this beautiful medieval sanctuary.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Came here while on holiday on a river cruise. Very interesting cathedral and an oasis of calm in Speyer.

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