Well, boo on me for not getting any pictures of the phenomenal Marc Chagall windows here, but it's quite difficult for an amateur to do them justice. Trust me, the beauty and poignancy of the stained glass makes this church well-worth a visit, even if you are just in Mainz for one day, don't let the time pass without making a stop here.
Like so many other buildings of all kinds, St. Stephen's church was heavily damaged in World War II; practically demolished. In a spirit of hope and reconcilation and desire for a better future, the parish commissioned Marc Chagall, the great Russian/Jewish/American artist, to design new windows for the reconstructed church. I can't think of any 20th century stained glass - anywhere - that is more effective and more wonderful than that which is here.
this cathedral / church is famous for its so-called 'Chagall-windows' which were created by the Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985). He was born in Russia but spent most time of his life in Nice / France. Well, these windows are really facinating, they're all blue (always differnt types) which shows that he was inspired by the Mediterranean Sea.
This church is not far from the river, so when walking around in the city you might pass by this one. Unfortunately I did not get inside this time but I will try the next time.
The church was erected in the first half of the 14th century. The nearby abbey was built in the 1960s. It has space for 15 Brothers and has a library of 14,000 books.
You like baroc churches? Then you have to visit Augustinerchurch! This church was not really destroyed in WW II. Very beautiful inside!
St Stephan's church has windows made by Marc Chagall, the Russian / French artist. Not bad too - he was over 90 at the time!