The plethora of churches in Mainz

During out trip in Europe last June, we visited Germany. One of the stops there was Mainz; a lovely city on the Rhein River. We especially enjoyed walking around the Altstadt (old centre), where we walked around the marketplace and enjoyed watching people.

The first thing that we noticed was a number of churches this city has. They are found everywhere, and their beautiful architecture {especially with the older churches} kept on pulling me in. There were too many churches to go to, so we decided to have a look at the most popular ones on Tripadvisor.

The Mainz Cathedral (or Dom):

 

This church is one you can’t miss. When walking to the Altstadt it’s probably the first building you will notice. It’s an impressively large church built with red bricks and black/grey roofs. The marketplace is surrounding this beautiful structure, and so creating it the centre of the city. The church is already 1,000 years old and is the site of the Episcopal see of the Bishop of Mainz. A beautiful Romanesque style building, with a cute little courtyard; an impressive church inside and out!

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St. Stephan’s Church (Stephanskirche):

This church is situated a little bit out of the centre of Mainz. When walking up to the church it doesn’t look very special – located on a hill, it looks like any other. Until you walk into the doors. You’re being welcomed in this church by the blue light that comes off of the stained glass windows.

Everyone stepping through the doors {yes, we were standing there for a while and it was interesting to see each reaction} was impressed by this amazing sight. Not strange, if you know that the windows were made by Marc Chagall in the 1970s-80s. It was presented to the church as a token of friendship between Germany and the Jewish community. All of the windows depict biblical scenes in blue colours and are the last stained glass windows Chagall designed.

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St. Augustine’s Church (Augustinerkirche):

From the outside, this church looks like any normal type of church. Its outside looks red and had several statues on the front. When you walk into the church is when you will be impressed. The church, dating back from 1768, is decorated in a Baroque (Rococo) style and the big stained glass windows let in a lot of natural daylight, making it all a very fresh looking church. And then when you look up at the ceiling you’ll see an amazing painting and in the back of the church an equally impressive organ.

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There are not many churches where we live, and if they are, they are usually new buildings. I enjoyed walking around the city and just wandering into these impressive buildings, lighting a candle every time we made a stop. Even if you’re not an avid churchgoer {like me!}, the architecture, beautiful frescoes and glass windows are worth a visit!

xxx Frei

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