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Address: Altstadt, 67346 Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Phone Number: +49 6232 1020
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

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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Beautiful architecture

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Tilburg, the Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really awe-inspiring example of a Romanesque cathedral, built in red sandstone and well-maintained. It's justifiably a world heritage site and you can easily spend a few hours there. Speyer's main road leading to the cathedral is also worth while; a broad street with lots of nice shops and buildings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Speyer is a nice small city and it is always amazing for me that such a large cathedral is here. It is the primary reason why Speyer is a stop on the Rhine River cruise tours. The cathedral is a must see. You can enter for free and walk around and read some of the displays. You can also take... More 

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Talladega, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Speyer Cathedral is the largest church in Germany, I think. Because of the way it is built, so open, it certainly seems that way, anyway. It is truly awe-inspiring.

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

You won't do any better in central europe than this cathedral for a great study in Romanesque architecture and later modifications to the entry. Wonderfully well preserved, and the interior is glorious. Well worth about an hour or so inside and a tour of the exterior. Get the guide from the tourist office 50 meters away. And if there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Honestly, it is hard to describe how the history enthusiast feels visiting this magnificent, ancient monument. It really leaves you breathless... It is large, ancient, full of history and if you have the notion about Holy Roman Empire history, you came to the real center of it. I definitely recommend to climb up to the tower with amazing views of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

one of Germany's oldest cathedral and the burial place of German emperors. The entire structure is unique and quite impressive. Being interested in architecture I am glad I saw it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

An austere Romanesque structure that was heavily destroyed now stands in simple splendor in the center of Speyer.

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