Speyer in Rhineland-Palatinate

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View from Altpörtel tower towards Speyer Cathedral © Roman Eisele/cc-by-sa-4.0

View from Altpörtel tower towards Speyer Cathedral © Roman Eisele/cc-by-sa-4.0

Speyer is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Located on the left bank of the river Rhine, Speyer lies 25 km (16 miles) south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim, and 21 km (13 miles) south-west of Heidelberg. Founded by the Romans, it is one of Germany’s oldest cities.

Speyer Cathedral (since 1981 a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a number of other churches, and the Altpörtel (old gate) dominate the Speyer landscape. In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman Emperors and German kings. The city is famous for the 1529 Protestation at Speyer. The Jewish sites of Speyer, together with those of the other two ShUM cities Mainz and Worms, became part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2021.

Altpörtel. the old gate of the city wall © Hermann Luyken Maximilianstraße © Franzfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0 Judenhof and a Jewish street © PMATAS/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lufthansa Boeing 747-230 D-ABYM on display at Technik Museum Speyer © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0 View from Altpörtel tower towards Speyer Cathedral © Roman Eisele/cc-by-sa-4.0 View from the Cathedral © Travelinho/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Lufthansa Boeing 747-230 D-ABYM on display at Technik Museum Speyer © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0
The first known names were Noviomagus and Civitas Nemetum, after the Teutonic tribe, Nemetes, settled in the area. The name Spira is first recorded in the 7th century, taken from villa Spira, a Frankish settlement situated outside of Civitas Nemetum (History of Speyer).

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