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Old May 2nd, 2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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Speyer (May 2012)

Yesterday I made a day trip to the beautiful city of Speyer. Here are my photos:


Speyer Cathedral (the largest Romanesque church in the world):

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Old May 2nd, 2012, 03:18 AM   #2
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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Beautiful, very nice photos from this town
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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Thanks, christos!

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Altpörtel (a medieval city gate - built in 1230):

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View from the Altpörtel:

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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Philippsburg on the horizon:

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The left one, the Gedächtniskirche der Protestation (Memorial Church of the Protestation), was built between 1893 and 1904 in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer by the protestant states of the Holy Roman Empire in 1529.

The right one is the Josephskirche. It was built just a few years after the protestant one was finished, as a reaction to it at a time of great rivalry between the two churches (Evangelic and Catholic).

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Gedächtniskirche:

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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Nice pictures! The cathedral is absolutely breathtaking

I also like the palm trees
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Old May 5th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #7
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Thanks, Angelshark!

Altpörtel again (from the other side):

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Josephskirche:

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Gedächtniskirche:

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Martin Luther:
"Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir! Amen." - "Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me! Amen."

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Old May 5th, 2012, 06:54 AM   #8
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charming!
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #9
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impressive buildings of varied architecture.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #10
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Inside the Gedächtniskirche:

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Outside:

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Josephskirche:

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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #11
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Very nice !
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #12
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You can still see that it was a very rich and important town. Very beautiful.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #13
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Wow! Lot's of old and beautiful architecture there. I've never heard of the city, but it seems to have a rich history. A pleasant town to live and wander around, that's for sure.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #14
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great photos...thanks for sharing.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 12:21 AM   #15
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Thank you for your comments!

Dreifaltigkeitskirche (built in 1701, after the whole city and many churches were destroyed by the French in 1689):

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Cathedral:

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History Museum of the Palatinate:

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A few buildings survived:

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Old May 11th, 2012, 12:59 AM   #16
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My last photos from Speyer:

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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:45 PM   #17
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Speyer claims to be Germany's 3rd oldest city.. 15BC. (But so do a lot of other German cities ;-)

During the 1000 year Holy Roman Empire period many cities were "favored" and during the time of the Salian and Hohenstaufen kings (1024-1250) Speyer was much favored by the Kaiser's (Emperor's) of that era. During much of that period there was a lot of struggle between the Kaiser's and the Popes over many issues, such as who got to pick the Bishops and Archbishops (the investiture issue that lead Salian Kaiser Henry IV to be excommunicated and later repented (1077) in front of the castle in Italy at Canossa.

The Cathedral at Speyer was built as a testament to the power of the Kaisers, and it was made larger than old St. Peters in Rome, at the time the largest church in the world.

Kaiser Conrad II founder of the Salian (Salier) Dynasty that ruled for a century (1024-1125) started the cathedral on such a grand scale... that the entire population of that region of the Rheinland could easily hold simultaneous service in the Cathedral. It was finished within a generation, and a generation later was remodeled (the wooden flat roof was replaced by one of the first pointed arch vaulted roofs in the world).

The Salian Emperors were all buried in the crypt of Speyer Cathedral, and it became the pantheon of sorts for many Hohenstaufen and later Kaisers.

Kaisers were crowned Kings of Germany at Aachen Cathedral (Charlemagne's 9th century church)... later switched to Frankfurt, since it was closer to Vienna (home of the Hapsburg Kaiser's). But a King had to make the pilgrimage to Rome (or elsewhere) to be crowned Kaiser (Emperor) by the pope... otherwise they were still known as only Kings (or uncrowned Kaisers).

8 Kaisers (4 crowned, 4 uncrowned) lie in the crypt at Speyer, more than anywhere else, except Vienna, where 12 later Hapsburg Kaisers are buried in the crypt of the Capuchin Church.

FYI, here are the burial locations of many of the Kaisers (Holy Roman Emperors)...

Charlemagne - Aachen
Conrad I - Fulda
Henry I - Quedlingburg
Otto I - Magdeburg
Otto II - St. Peter's Rome
Otto III - Aachen
Henry II - Bamberg
Conrad II - Speyer
Henry III - Speyer
Henry IV - Speyer
Henry V - Speyer
Lothar III - Königslutter
Conrad III - Bamberg
Frederick I - (Drowned in Turkey, location of body questionable)
Henry VI - Palermo Sicily
Phillip of Swabia - Speyer
Otto IV - Brunswick
Frederick II - Palermo Sicily
Rudolph I - Speyer
Adolph of Nassau - Speyer
Albert I - Speyer
Henry VII - Pisa Italy
Louis IV - Munich (Frauenkirche)
Charles IV - Prague - Bohemia
Sigismund - Oradea - Romania
Frederick III - Vienna (St. Stephens Cathedral)
Maximillian I - Wiener Neustadt - Austria
Charles V - El Escorial - Spain
Ferdinand I - Prague - Bohemia
Maximillian II - Prague - Bohemia
Rudolph II - Prague - Bohemia
Mathias - Vienna
Ferdinand II - Vienna
Ferdinand III - Vienna
Leopold I - Vienna
Joseph I - Vienna
Charles VI - Vienna
Charles VII - Munich (Theatinerkirche)
Francis I - Vienna
Joseph II - Vienna
Leopold II - Vienna
Francis II -Vienna
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