Mainzer Dom / St Martin Cathedral

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The Mainzer Dom taken from the river

We drove to Mainz to check out the area and the Cathedral.  A trip well worth it. 

 

It wasn't open yet when we arrived, but there was a markt going on all around it in the streets.  They were selling cheese (some had green stuff on it??), breads, produce, flowers, and anything else you could imagine out of their carts and table.  A man in a booth gave the girls little pink dyed eggs.  They were beautiful, almost a marble effect.  Of course, Ashley put hers in her coat pocket and it ended up crushed before we made it back to the car. :o)

 

Behind the cathedral was a fountain with a man's mouth gushing the water, and it poured off the front, down to the ground where the water went back in to return.

fountain behind the cathedral
  

We also walked down a charming little alley that had vines growing up the walls with some graffiti either marring or adding to the beauty of the area.  

 

As we waited (of course) the girls have to use the restroom, so we go into the museum entrance and they actually charge 30 Euro cents a person to use the restroom..  This was my first time finding this, but I've heard it's not uncommon.  

 

Now it's time to enter. . . I thought it was pretty plain from the outside, but inside the cathedral was surprising.   The detail of everything in this place is amazing.  We walked all through the place and were in awe, but I am not sure what we saw downstairs.  There was a simple hallway to walk through and come back up the stairs on the other side of the cathedral.  Two doors were gated and locked below.  One looked to be a crypt and the other was a small sanctuary of a sort.  Nice to see though. 

 

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The Mainzer Dom taken from the riv…
The Mainzer Dom taken from the ri…
fountain behind the cathedral
fountain behind the cathedral
Alley in Mainz
Alley in Mainz
The cloister courtyard of the Main…
The cloister courtyard of the Mai…
Mainz Cathedral
Mainz Cathedral
By the river in Mainz
By the river in Mainz
Mainz
photo by: Morle