Dom St Martin

sights / Religious

Dom St Martin information

Mainz , Germany
Street Marktplatz
Opening hours
9am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat, 12.45-6.30pm Sun & holidays, shorter hrs Nov-Feb
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Lonely Planet review

Topped by an octagonal tower, Mainz’ world-famous cathedral, built of deep red sandstone in the 12th century, is quintessentially Romanesque. Its predecessor went through a literal baptism by fire when it burned down in 1009 on the very day of its consecration. Over the centuries seven coronations were held here.

Off the delicate, late-Gothic cloister, accessible from inside the Dom, is the Dom- und Diözesanmuseum , which displays artwork from the cathedral, including sculptures from the rood screen (1239) – an ornate partition separating the priests, in the choir, from the congregation and the work of the renowned Master of Naumburg – that portray the saved and the, well, not-so-saved. In the Schatzkammer (Domschatz) you can see bejewelled ritual objects from as far back as the 10th century (English-language pamphlet available).