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Speyer Germany

sunny 72 °F

Today we stopped at the German village of Speyer - a town of 50,000 inhabitants, which is one of Germany's oldest towns. The main highlight is the Cathedral, consecrated in 1024 and completed in 1111. It's the largest Romanesk Church in Europe and we the center of Christianity in Germany for some time. It is the burial place of 8 German emperors and kings. Additionally of significance is the Jewish temple and bath, also from the 12th Century, which remained unscathed from the Nazi's. The Jews ended up on Speyer at the invitation of Bishop Ridiger Huzmann in 1084. He granted Jews rights and privileges far beyond the norm for the time. Also in Speyer is a wonderful "Technical Museum" of mechanical objects and devices from around the world. I particularly liked the half-track motorcycle!

Posted by rpickett 05:06 Archived in Germany Tagged speyer

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