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Speyer Cathedral

Speyer Cathedral – a cultural asset and final resting place for emperors and kings

Glamour and gloom, war and peace – several centuries of world history are reflected in the fate of the town of Speyer and its cathedral, which was consecrated in 1061. Emperors and kings have been laid to rest here, and its architecture is unique. So much so that it has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and classed as a protected cultural asset.

According to the chronicles, Emperor Conrad II wanted to build the largest church in the Western world – a major project for such a small town. That was in 1030. The cathedral, which is now considered the world's largest preserved Romanesque church, was consecrated just 30 years later. The crypt, which opened in 1041, is the oldest part of the cathedral. The baptismal font in front of the high altar dates back to 1100. Eight emperors and kings, four queens and a number of bishops are laid to rest in this cathedral. Even non-historians can tell that major events in history took place here.

The Swedes, French and Spanish were all here. They turned the cathedral into a storage facility and military hospital; they looted it and set it ablaze. And more recently, it became the venue for important historic events, for example when Charles de Gaulle led a military parade past the cathedral in 1945. The imperial cathedral defied them all by surviving all of this. It is still a prominent landmark in the town today. It is both a keeper and an admonisher, and houses art treasures dating back around 1,000 years, major sculptures spanning seven centuries and prominent frescos such as the "Coronation of the Virgin" in the newly restored Emperor's Hall. Spectacular, powerful: Speyer Cathedral has seen many events play out throughout history. And visitors who come to the cathedral say they can sense it.

Speyer Cathedral

Opening hours: November to March: 9am to 5pm; April to October: 9am to 7pm

Entry: free

Nearest train station: Heidelberg

Accessible tourist attraction; an International Music Festival with an organ competition is held every year from August to October; www.speyer.de

Evenementen
The biggest public Festival on the upper Rhine is an absolute must for residents of Speyer and their guests. For six days, there is turmoil on the fairgrounds beneath the cathedral. Every Sunday at the pretzel party - at 1:30 pm - a coloured pageant waltzes through the streets of the cathedral city.

Eerstvolgende evenementen:

12.07.2019 - 17.07.2019

van 16:00

Plaats van het evenement

Festplatz Speyer
Geibstraße 2
67346 Speyer

Organisator

Verkehrsverien Speyer
Kleine Pfaffengasse 20
67346 Speyer

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At the Emperor's Table (Kaisertafel), Speyer's restauranteurs and hotel owners offer everything that wine cellars and kitchens have to offer: culinary specialties, local and international, of incomparable variety, along with excellent in-between meals, featuring choice delicacies.

Eerstvolgende evenementen:

09.08.2019 - 11.08.2019

Plaats van het evenement

Stadt Speyer
Maximilianstraße
67346 Speyer

Organisator

Verein zur Förderung der Hotellerie und Gastronomie in Speyer und Umgebung e.V.

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Lively and brash, vehement and elegant, traditional as well as contemporary - you never know just what you'll get at Speyer's annual jazz festival.

Eerstvolgende evenementen:

22.08.2019 - 25.08.2019

van 19:30

Plaats van het evenement

Gedächtniskirche Speyer
Bartholomäus-Weltz-Platz 5
67346 Speyer

Organisator

S.Y.M Gesellschaft für Kulturmanagement mbH
Weinbergstraße 11
67150 Niederkirchen bei Deidesheim

Alle informatie over prijzen, data en openingstijden onder voorbehoud.

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