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Mainz Cathedral

Mainz Cathedral – an imperial cathedral under the patronage of St. Martin

It spent centuries as a religious and political hub in the Kingdom of Germany within the Holy Roman Empire, and was the venue for coronations and Imperial Diets: Mainz Cathedral is an impressive and poignant monumental building used for ceremonial services and a refuge for those seeking moments of silence.

Pilgrims also visit this site on their way through Europe on the "Via Sancti Martini" route, which opened in 2016 and is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, the patron saint of Mainz Cathedral. To open the pilgrimage trail from Hungary via Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and France, his coat was placed in Mainz Cathedral, where the archbishops of Mainz made history.

The church architecture has always been a testament to their prominent position, both within the church and the Holy Roman Empire. Mainz was expected to become a "second Rome", or so founder Archbishop Willigis thought back in 975. Huge, powerful, impressive. A triple-nave Romanesque cathedral with two chancels and a high altar in the west, similar to the layout of the Papal Altar in St. Peter's Basilica. The development of the building throughout history is easy to comprehend on a tour of the cathedral, starting in the sombre eastern chancel, continuing through the nave to the lighter western chancel with its crossing dome above the high altar. The unique array of historical gravestones is the cathedral's most important treasure. Those who once ruled here are immortalised in sculptures on walls and pillars: powerful archbishops, who lived nothing like the austere life of their patron saint, who is still celebrated on 11 November every year.

Mainz Cathedral

Opening hours: March to October: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6:30pm, Saturday, 9am to 4pm, Sundays and bank holidays, 12:45pm to 3pm, 4pm to 6:30pm; November to February: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, Saturday, 9am to 4pm, Sundays and bank holidays, 12:45pm to 3pm, 4pm to 5pm

Entry: free

Nearest train station: Mainz

Accessible; guide books published in various languages, audio guides; group tours conducted in various languages


Rhineland-Palatinate's Summer of Culture takes place every year from 1 May to 3 October and features well over 200 projects covering all kinds of different cultural aspects. The theme is revised annually to reflect new focuses for the content, and the venue for the grand opening also changes every year. A large cultural festival on the first weekend in May offers families their first peek at the summer's programme of events.

The Summer of Culture is extremely wide-reaching in its scope, with events held across the state covering cultural, religious, artistic and social themes. In early 1992 the Rhineland-Palatinate state government announced the staging of the first Rhineland-Palatinate Summer of Culture, the aim of which was to increase people's awareness of the region's attractive cultural programme. Rural areas were particularly targeted in the hope of stimulating people's interest and of spreading pleasure in art and culture, in discussion and debate. What the organisers had – and continue to have – in mind was a sort of 'citizens' movement for culture'. And the Summer of Culture is, in fact, characterised by the large number of small projects and ideas at its core that were themselves developed out of local or regional initiatives. With almost 250 events including concerts, readings, exhibitions, children's activities, theatre and much more, the festival is a marvellous melting pot of people and ideas.

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01.05.2019 - 03.10.2019

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Platz der Mainzer Republik
55116 Mainz

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