Found project: Wormser Dom


    Project : Wormser Dom

    Language variant : Worms Cathedral

    Architect : Burchard I & Burchard II & Konrad I & Konrad II

    Completion: 1018 (consecration – 1st building phase)

    Locality : Worms

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Romanesque

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    Description :

    The progress of Romanesque in Germany can be followed in the three great Imperial cathedrals along the Rhine: Speyer, Mainz and Worms.

    The last of the three, Worms, was under construction from the 11th to the 13th century. It retains the same elements as the two others but they are differently proportioned.

    As at Mainz there are two crossings and two octagonal towers; there are two apses too (the western one concealed behind a straight wall), and both are flanked by towers. All of the details inside and outside—dwarf galleries, cornices, window surrounds, piers and capitals—are more imaginatively designed and carefully executed. Speyer’s massive strength has been succeeded by a degree of conscious sophistication.

    The cathedral of Worms shows the whole repertoire of Rhineland Romanesque at its most accomplished, including polygonal and trefoil plans, curiously placed towers and decorative ‘dwarf galleries’ (miniature arcades running round apses).

    Sutton, Ian: Western Architecture, A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present, Thames and Hudson, London 1999, p. 47.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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