Speyer Cathedral (1981)
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Speyer Cathedral, a basilica with four towers and two domes, was founded by Conrad II in 1030 and remodelled at the end of the 11th century. It is one of the most important Romanesque monuments from the time of the Holy Roman Empire. The cathedral was the burial place of the German emperors for almost 300 years. 

Germany 1990. Speyer 2000th city anniversary. Kaiserdom Speyer

Speyer (English Spires), is a city in southwestern Germany, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, on the Rhine River, near Karlsruhe. The chief feature of the city is a magnificent Romanesque cathedral, begun in 1030 by King Conrad II of Germany, completed in 1061, and later remodeled (1082-1125). 

Other than being the burial place of several Holy Roman emperors, it houses also a museum of Palatinate history. 

  • Germany 1990. The town of Speyer's 2000th anniversary. Cathedral (Kaiserdom) of Speyer. 
Speyer was known to the Romans as Augusta Nemetum and Noviomagus. It became an episcopal see in 348 and later was a favorite residence of the Holy Roman emperors. 

It was made a free imperial city in 1294, and a number of imperial diets met here. 

At the Diet of Speyer in 1529 the followers of Martin Luther presented their protest. The city passed to Bavaria in 1815 and later became part of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which was created after World War II (1939-1945). 

  • Germany 1961. 900th anniversary of the Kaiserdom in Speyer. 

Germany 1961. 900th anniversary of the Kaiserdom in Speyer.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Germany (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Germany for further information about such sites. 

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