History of Mainz.
The city has over 2000 years of rich history and heritage. The adopted son of the Roman Emperor Augustus, Drusus, is considered as being the founder of the city. In the year 13 B.C., he established his camp on the bank of Main & Rhine Rivers: “Moguntiacum”, today’s Mainz, was born.
It is known for its best wines, its Roman heritage, its status as a media hub and regional capital (of Rheinland – Palatinate), and its three most defining features: the Romanesque cathedral, the Gutenberg printing press and the Rhineland carnival.
Places of Interest :
Mainz Cathedral :
For over 1,000 years the city’s skyline has been dominated by one building, Mainz Cathedral. Towering majestically in its central location, the cathedral is one of the most important churches in Germany. Its foundation stone was laid in 975 AD under the aegis of Bishop Willigis.
The Mainz nail column near the cathedral is the result of a large fundraiser during the First World War, which was initiated by the then mayor Dr. Karl Emil Göttelmann was launched. The reason for this fundraiser was the increasing supply shortages during the war. In addition to the general economic hardship, which was beginning to manifest itself in the form of labor shortages and food shortages, came the personal problems of some families whose breadwinners had gone to war or had already returned wounded. The offices set up for this purpose, such as the “Office for the Support of War Families” and the “Local Committee of the City and the District of Mainz for the Care of War Damaged” already looked after almost 10,000 survivors. Info Courtesy : Internet.
The large sculpture in front of Guttenberg Museum stands prominent. The Museum was closed. (Many Museums close during winter in Germany) hence no other pictures.
Johannes Guttenberg is the one who invented printing press.
This is another beautiful church. Moment you enter inside you feel like it was moonlight lit. It is the stained glass window panes with blue shade that makes you feel so.
This is a small rectangular square enclosed by tall half-timbered houses.
The square itself dates back to 1329 or before, while its houses are from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
One, Zum Aschaffenberg is the oldest preserved half-timbered house in Mainz, built around 1500. In front of another fine old house, Zum Beimburg you can find the remains of a stump: This isn’t actually a cherry tree as it is often claimed to be (Kirschgarten means cherry orchard), but an almost petrified oak.
Well, It did not appeal to me from art or aesthetic point. It looks different no doubt. However one must appreciate the way they have been retained since many hundred years.
Schillerplatz was a public plaza in Mainz’s Roman era and was used as a marketplace in the Middle Ages.
The square is now surrounded by regal palaces in the Baroque and Rococo styles, housing state government offices. It was carnival time and some stalls were put up around it, when I took the pictures.
There’s a bronze statue of the poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller, put up on his 100th birthday in 1859. But the square’s most striking monument is the nine-metre-high Mainzer Fastnachtsbrunnen, which commemorates the famous carnival celebrations that take over the square on Shrove Monday.
This fountain is a postcard favourite and is decorated with more than 200 bronze figures from Mainz history and local folklore.
This was another church in my list. I did not go inside. I think it was closed. I took pictures from outside.
Mainz is well known for its Carnival in February every year. It is grand colourful event with bands, floats and groups of people with traditional costumes. Click here for more on carnival.
Museum of Ancient Seafaring
I could not visit. It was little far off from city center and I had to watch Carnival procession. So…… next time more pictures.
This was closed too. As I said before, many museums close during winter for renovation. If you are visiting Germany during winter, be aware of this fact.
The city is a big, lively, burgeoning place. It is well connected by train. It is just 25 minutes from Frankfurt International airport.
There are plenty of traditional shops and places to eat, though you could spend hours just strolling around its cobbled streets.
It is the wine capital of Germany.
The information about the places are picked up from various sources from the net. (Wikipedia, other blogs, official blogs etc which I read before I explored the city). Pictures are mine (except where I explicitly mention in the caption)