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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Details

Founded: 1110
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Ricardo Cantu (2 months ago)
This Dome was part of our European tour of Cathedrals. Easy to get to. You can see it from the main autobahns around Worms, Germany and definitely worth the drive and couple of hours to visit this Dome. Go there an say a nice prayer that will make you feel like your sould was cleanse and the walk around the many stores and restaurants located around the Dome.
Нина Русскова (3 months ago)
Very beautiful duomo!
Cornelia (3 months ago)
Massive building not very much adorned but impressive through its stone simple style
Alexander Gotthard (4 months ago)
Sit down for a moment and feel history.
Eras Parsa (7 months ago)
Gorgeous Church with a lot of history and things to be seen and admired. The statues, paintings and other artworks are a marvel to see. It is a tourist attraction that you should see, if you visit the town of Worms. It is a historical and beautiful place to visit. More so if you are religious.
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