The Romanesque Dom is Mainz's most imposing building. It is huge, central, and while it doesn't tower above the city like some, you can see it peeking out through many of the streets. Up close, in the squares around its base, a very impressive sight, and unlike a lot of cathedrals its buildings crammed in around the city's offices and shops, rather than being set back in its own special grounds. This can make it more difficult to get a clear photograph, but it does allow for some wonderful pictures of the monuments and buildings dotted around in the squares, like the Gutenberg Denkmal, the Roman column and the fountains.
Construction of the Cathedral started in 975 when Mainz was proclaimed the Holy See, and it was modelled on St Peter's in Rome. Despite several fires, Napoleonic sieges and the bombing of the Rhein in World War two much of the original cathedral buildings remains intact, along with additions through the centuries. The grand building, due to its size and centrality, is easy to locate and makes a great place to base your trips about the city center. The open squares around its base also offer a wide range of eating and drinking possibilities, making the area a great place to come at all times of the day.
The cathedral is now rightfully called one of the most famous buildings in Germany.
It is a place of worship – an Episcopal church.
High Mess takes place on Sundays at 10 a.m.
A vesper service is held at 3 p.m.
On Sundays there are also masses on Sundays a 7 a.m., 8 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.
On weekdays mass is celebrated at 6.25 a.m., 7.30 a.m. and 8.15 a.m. and in the afternoon at 4.45 p.m.
The cathedral information service can provide you with more detailed information.
It is on your left as you leave the cathedral through the main entrance.
The address is:
10 Am Markt,
tel. +49 06131 25 34 12
as well as Touristik Centrale Mainz
(Mainz Tourism Center)
(in the Brückenturm/Rathaus
tel. +49 06131 28 62 10.
St Martin's cathedral is considered Germany's second most important catholic church, with Cologne's Dom being first. Originally a Roman-style basilica, built in 975 AD, the church reached its current form in the 13th and 14th Centuries. The oldest part of the church is the crypt, dating back to the origins of the structure, over 1000 years ago.
This huge, towering Romanesque cathedral dates back to 975, with most of it built during the 13th and 14th centuries. On March 27, 1188, the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa joined in the Third Crusade, declared by Pope Gregory VIII. The cathedral survived World War II with surpisingly little damage.
It is a mix of Romanesque and later Baroque styles, mostly Romanesque. It is known for its gold reliquary containing the relics of the saints of Mainz.
Mainz Cathedral, formally known in English as St. Martin Cathedral (in German Mainzer Dom, sometimes Der Hohe Dom zu Mainz) is located near the historical center and pedestrianized market square of the city of Mainz. This Roman Catholic cathedral is the site of the episcopal see for the Bishop of Mainz. wikipedia
Mainz Cathedral is without doubt the most impressive building in town. It look back on an over 1000-year-long history. The first Cathedral from the 10th century was destroyed by a fire. The new one was built by Archbishop Willigis in order to create an new "Rome" to make Mainz a centre of faith. Some ornaments on the cathedral are still from that period. For example the leaves of the market portals date back to the 11th century. Over the centuries several additions were made so that you can see now Baroque and Gothic elements.
The Dom has been called the most important Romanesque (i.e. 11th to 13th century) structure along the Rhine, and it is certainly the gem in the crown of Mainz's attractions.
Perhaps some of its appeal comes from its fortress like appearance, the relatively smaller window, the hazy light which filters through its corridors.
An interesting aspect of this cathedral is that there are separate choirs at both ends of the cathedral - and the eastern one is well elevated, approachable via a series of significant steps that makes it seem almost like an entirely separate church.
Mainz has been a center of religious significance for well-nigh a millenium, and the Cathedral is an important piece in understanding the continuity of European history, from the era of the Roman invaders, to the era of the Holy Roman Empire and beyond to the time of Gutenberg, whose early European printing press was just a stone's throw away.
The Mainz Cathedral is a piece of art in itself. Much of the building was built in the 12th century while Mainz was the center of religion in Germany. The museum offers audio tours while you walk at your leisure. The main focus is The Church during the Middle Ages, especially The Crusades. There are a number of artifacts to draw the attention of the visitor.
They started building this cathedral in 975 a.D. and have been working on it off and on ever since.
It is easily the most prominent landmark in Mainz. Evidently the local zoning regulations don't allow tall buildings in this neighborhood, so you can see the cathedral from across the river and from many places in Mainz itself.
From here it is only a few meters to the State Theater and the Gutenbergmuseum.
Crikey!!!!! how is this one last?..... ok forgot to scan this pic, but probably the most memorable sight in Mainz is the Dom. Huge Cathedral in ths center, most of the city leads to here, and very beautiful to look at. This photo from our hotel, looks good?
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This DOM lies in the heart of Main city.The archbishops of Mainz made this DOM their laying place. This monument is huge and made with sandstone. A beautiful piece of art.
The Cathedral has some interesting statuary -look for a statue of one of the architects, groaning with an aching back from having to serve as a pillar for a doorway.
This beautiful Cathedral located in the centre of the city downtown. You can see it almost from anyplace in the city. But I have no idea about its history
On saturday there is a local market on the market square. And from here again, the cathedral can be seen!