Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


27.8.07
  And Because He's So Beautiful

The first impressions of the Imperial Cathedral (Kaiserdom) in Speyer.

West facade

The Speyer Cathedral is one of the purest examples of the Romanesque style with a very balanced and symmetrical design. It is a triple-aised vaulted basilica, constructed 1030-1061, with some later additions, and holds the burials of several German emperors.

Transept and crossing tower

In 1981, the Speyer Cathedral was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

North side
Note that the aisles are lower than the main nave, a typical feature of the basilika style.

In case you wonder about the 'he' in the title - the German word Dom (cathedral) is male. Of course, since German is a fun and complicated language, we also have Kathedrale which is female, and Münster (minster) which is neuter, gramatically.
 
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