Saturday, May 2, 2009

Speyer, Germany

Germany-25, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

Speyer is a city in Germany, located beside the river Rhine. It lies 25 km south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Its oldest known name was Civitas Nemetum, named by a Teutonic tribe, the Nemeter, settling in this area. Around the year 500 Spira appears as the town's name in scriptures.
Speyer has a compact centre which is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral, a number of churches and the Altpörtel (Old town gate). In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight German emperors and kings.

The card shows Kaiserdom, which is originally the name of one of the emperors built cathedral.


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