Worms Cathedral

Worms, Germany

The Cathedral of St. Peter (Wormser Dom, Worms Cathedral) is a basilica with four round towers, two large domes, and a choir at each end. The interior is built in red sandstone. Today, the Wormser Dom is a Catholic parish church, honoured with the title of 'Minor Basilica'.

Only the ground plan and the lower part of the western towers belong to the original building consecrated in 1110. The remainder was mostly finished by 1181, but the west choir and the vaulting were built in the 13th century, the elaborate south portal was added in the 14th century, and the central dome has been rebuilt.

The ornamentation of the older parts is simple; even the more elaborate later forms show no high development of workmanship. Unique sculptures depicting salvation stories appear above the Gothic-era south doorway. The baptismal font contains five remarkable stone reliefs from the late 15th century. The church's original windows were destroyed by bombing in 1943; between 1965 to 1995 Mainz artist Alois Plum crafted new windows.

The cathedral has three bells, all of which are housed in the southeast tower. They were cast in 1947 by Albert Junker to replace the old peal of four bells destroyed in World War II.

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Domplatz 3, Worms, Germany
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Founded: 1110
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Odil Ermatov (7 months ago)
Absolutely stunning building! It is just incredible. Much bigger and older then most of other famous buildings in this category. Recommend to visit.
Matt Miller (7 months ago)
My life partner Julie, friend Yvette and I had an amazing experience at this wonderful church.
Robert K. (9 months ago)
Again and again I have seen this beauty from afar on my many bike rides and have not been disappointed. It looks impressive, you won't be disappointed here. The impression from afar really did not deceive me
Penny Anderson (11 months ago)
Gorgeous stained glass windows and stunning high altar. This cathedral is worth the time to visit.
Peter Stadlera (16 months ago)
I missed explanations in many exhibits. No access to tower or crypta. This important church should be presented much better to the world than in this lackluster way.
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