Found project: Speyer Dom


    Project : Speyer Dom

    Language variant : Speyer Cathedral

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 1060

    Locality : Speyer

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Romanesque

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    Description :

    The progress of Romanesque architecture in Germany can be followed in the three great Imperial cathedrals (“Kaiserdome”) along the Rhine: Speyer, Mainz and Worms.

    Begun about 1030 and finished about 1060, Speyer has a long nave (twelve bays) on masonry piers with attached shafts, a transept with octagonal tower over the crossing, a chancel flanked by square towers, and a westwork (large tower-like structure at the west end).

    In spite of alterations and restoration it retains the stark simplicity of its original style. Between the arcade and the clearstorey is an area of blank wall, probably intended for painting. The first ceiling was of wood.

    The nave of Speyrer Cathedral now seems bare, but was relieved originally by painted decoration. A stone vault was probably intended from the beginning; the present one, with domical bays of groin vaulting, dates from c. 1100–1106).

    Sutton, Ian: Western Architecture, A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present, Thames and Hudson, London 1999, pp. 44–46.

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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