The Cathedral of Speyer closed from Wednesday


Because of the preparations for the funeral service for former Chancellor Helmut Kohl on 1. July in the Cathedral to Speyer from Wednesday (28. June) for the Public to no longer be freely accessible.

The blocking was necessary for the Organisation of the funeral service, the technical tests and samples of expiry, the notification of the competent diocese. Safety precautions need to be taken. The Requiem in the late afternoon of 1. July will be broadcast live on German television.

Following the funeral mass a “military provided skills farewell ceremony with guard of honour” in front of the Cathedral. After that, the on 16. June deceased, Helmut Kohl, at the Church of peace Saint Bernhard to his last resting place. Cabbage is buried at his own request, on the local cemetery of the Cathedral Chapter.

The Church of peace was built in the 1950s jointly by the French and the Germans, and is located near the Old cemetery of Speyer, the present Adenauer Park. As a Symbol of peace and reconciliation niches of St. Bernard earth is stored in the wall of all the continents, among other things, of the French war cemeteries and from the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.

Grave of Helmut Kohl will be open to the public

In the cemetery next to the Church deceased members of the Speyer Cathedral Chapter to be buried. The tomb Kohl’s is supposed to be according to information from the diocese from the Adenauer Park accessible to the public. Today, the Park bears the name of the first Federal Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer (CDU), was for almost four centuries-the cemetery of the city. After its closure in the year 1881 the Premises for more than seventy years has not been used, and only in 1958 to a green retreat near the train station. The Park is in Speyer, still also as an old cemetery known.

Kaiserdom is one of the most important sacred buildings of the middle ages

The Imperial Cathedral of Speyer is the largest Romanesque Church in Europe. The front of around a thousand years, the sacred building has the imposing overall length of 134 meters, which are ten meters less than the Cologne Cathedral, one of the world’s largest cathedrals in the Gothic style.

The beginnings of the Cathedral of Speyer go back to the Salic rulers Conrad II. In the year 1061, the house of God was dedicated after more than 30 years of construction. In the area of the crypt are the tombs of eight German emperors and kings, including the last resting places of Konrad II., Henry IV and Rudolf of Habsburg.

Already in 1981, the Cathedral was included in the Unesco list of world cultural heritage – as the second building in Germany, according to the Aachen Cathedral. With the registration in the world heritage list, the UN cultural organization, paid tribute to the towers of the Speyer Cathedral, with its four striking as a “major work of Romanesque architecture in Germany”.

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