Speyer Cathedral

About this time two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the cathedral in Speyer, Germany. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Germany, and also one of the most interesting. Speyer cathedral is an example of  Romanesque architecture and was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II, 1030. As with most sacred sites in Europe, there was something else there before the cathedral. Exactly what that was remains a mystery, but Roman ruins have been found all over Speyer, and the cathedral was probably the site of a Roman temple.

At first glance Speyer just looks like another big church to visit. Once you’re inside, and start paying attention to the little things, mysteries crop up at every corner. The strange drawing on the wall next to the staircase, the corner of the crypt that sends a shiver up my spine and makes my hair stand on end every time I visit, the little bits of sculpture and mosaic here and there that seem strangely out of place. The next time you visit Germany, be sure and schedule a visit to Speyer, you never know what mysteries are waiting to be uncovered.

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