finding gutenberg

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my day began with a brisk walk from the train station, past st. peter's church, to the germanian-roman museum, housed inside of the old city palace. i spent the greater part of the morning there, exploring the sometimes 1000 year old artifacts of daily life of the ancient romans.  though the collection comprises many parts of the world, even dating back to the daily life of the stone age warrior, it is ancient rome that i find myself so drawn to.  mainz was once known as mogantiacum by the romans, a place where 2000 years ago, general drusus (step son of emperor augustus) resided and conquered the rest of germany.

after leaving the museum, my path took me along the main river, walking towards the cathedral.  though the cathedral had its origins in the 10th century, it had been nearly destroyed by fire, and then by bombs in world war II.

st. peter's church, a rococo style church founded in AD 944.
 the generations of renovations, additions, and treasures have made this a true marvel.  across from the cathedral is the gutenberg house, also the adjoining museum.  a large monument, a larger than life bronze of gutenberg, stands in the city's square. i optef for a lunch of turkish kebab and decided to continue further on my trek and find st. stephan's cathedral.  a large amount of visitors come to this church every year, to see the gorgeous blue stained glass windows crafted by marc chagall.  this is the only church in germany for which the russian jewish artist made windows.  the first was fitted when he was aged 91.    the windows are to symbolize "our vital consciousness and express optimis, hope, and the love of life," as stated by the church's priest, klaus mayer.

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