Spee Iver does not seem to be very significant from a tourist point of view, except that it has Dom zu Spee Iver, a huge Romanesque cathedral from the 10th century.
And because we crossed the upper Rhine-Neckar Valley, when we wanted to reach Heidelberg from Strasbourg, we decided not to miss the Spee-Neckar.
Spee iger is a neat and clean town with everything in its place and had no signs of clutter at all; this was so prominently bold that I had to mention it here.
The story also seems to have been smooth, without destruction by the world wars.
History of the Spe Iver Cathedral
Yes, as expected, we saw the church towers from a distance, the 4 bell towers of the giant Kaiserdom dominated the SK line. Spee Iger Cathedral is a basilica with four towers and two domes.
He built this cathedral in 1025 AD. He wished the cathedral to be his final resting place. The cathedral was enlarged in 1090 AD, and the rest of the city of Spee Iver was rebuilt in the 17th century.
It was restored in the 18th century, but, unfortunately, it was finished in the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century. The ruin of the cathedral was temporarily used as a military hospital. The good times soon returned, in 1815 it was rebuilt under King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The cathedral received another facelift in 1957. in 1981 it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Cathedral of Spe Iver Architecture and Sculptures
The simple interior is awesome! It’s such a contrast to other cathedrals I’ve seen. It is devoid of bright and attractive colors, paintings or stained-glass windows! Although the cathedral was finished several times, it was always built in its original architecture. Very few sculptures adorn the huge interior, making it seem empty. Architectural details are interesting-Spee the plan of the cathedral looks like a crucifix, 12 arches denoting 12 apostles, vaults denoting 6 days of creation, and much more.
The cathedral here is so refreshing that it is very different from the usual Gothic structures that I had seen. The cathedral has a place of honor on the main square of Spee Iver, opposite the main street of the city, an impressive sight!
The thick and heavy columns, a gallery that surrounds the entire building, interiors built in the 19th century.
Colorful frescoes of the Cathedral of Spe Iver
Although huge and empty frescoes on the nave, on both sides, as soon as you enter, over the arches are still in the original position, in the nave, between the columns, both sides of the wall, as soon as you enter, between the columns, over the arches attract your attention. But for their bright colors, the place would have been shabby. The entire cathedral was extensively painted by Nvidia’s Baptist Kraudolph in the mid-19th century under King Ludwig I of Bavaria.
During the restoration work of the cathedral in 1957, these frescoes had been protected with a special technique. The large frescoes were removed from the walls and reattached after the restoration by mounting them on custom-made platforms that had the same curvature as before.
The most important frescoes recovered from the ceiling were kept in the Imperial Hall on the upper floor of the cathedral. These frescoes are from the Blessed Mother Mary, the life of the patron saint St. Stephen of Speer Iver, St. Bernard of Clairvaux during his documented visit to Speer Iver in 1146. The largest fresco, the one on the dome of the coronation of the Virgin Mary, is over 80sqm in size. You can see the non-displaced frescoes over the arches of the nave from the Imperial Hall.
Spe Nisser Cathedral Tower
If the weather permits, take the spiral staircase to the 60 m high viewpoint.the last section of the 304 steps must be completed without a break. You will be rewarded with an enchanting view of the city of Spee Iver.
Crypt of the Cathedral of Spear and tombs of emperors
The crypt of the Cathedral of Spee Iver (consisting of 4 rooms )is the largest Romanesque crypt in the world. From the beginning of the 11th to the end of the 13th century, this crypt of Spee Izer Cathedral was the preferred burial place of all the royal dynasties of the Salian, Habsburg and Nassau dynasties and bishops of the region. At that time it was the most important burial place in Germany.
The oldest royal tomb here is the founder of this cathedral, Emperor Conrad II from 1039 CE, and his wife Empress Gisela (1043 CE). The oldest bishop’s tomb is from Bishop Reginald II of Dillingen (1039 AD), one of the architects of the cathedral.
Dom Zu Spe Nisser Timetables
- Opening hours of the cathedral: Mon-Sat: 9:00 to 19:00; Sun: 11:30 to 17:30
- Emperor’s Hall & to Izer: only open from April to October
- Dom Zu Spee Izer Tickets
- Entrance ticket to Spee Iver Cathedral: free
- Audio Guide Cathedral of Spe Nisser: 8.50 nisses
- Crypt of the Cathedral of Speer Iver and tombs of emperors: 3.80 ^ ^
- Cathedral of Spe Iver Imperial Hall and Tower: 6 ^ ^
- Combination ticket of all 3 above: 12.
Things You Can Do Spe Nvidia
Here is a list of things you need to do if you have less than a day to lose Spee.
Opposite the cathedral is the cathedral cup. This is a huge bowl or font with a capacity of 1560 liters of water. During the celebrations, this is filled with local plonk from the region, the plonk of the Palatinate.
The Old Gate (Altpoertel) is the medieval gate of the western town of Spee Iver and one of the original 68 towers in the old walls and gates. It is one of the few remaining parts of the medieval city wall. The tower barely survived the destruction of Spe Fogger in 1689 during the Debate of the Grand Alliance.
Altportel is considered the highest city gate in Germany. In addition, it is considered the most important symbol of Speyer.