The pleasant occasion of the wedding of one of my best friends gave me the opportunity to expand the (embarrassingly short) list of German cities I’ve visited. While it was only a short weekend visit, the city of Mainz has a few beautiful spots that I was able to capture. Since I didn’t bring my camera along, the below photos were all shot on iPhone - the capabilities for even advanced photography on smartphones keeps growing exponentially.
The Wood Tower
Mainz is full if historic sights. This is the mediaeval Wood tower, with its Gothic appearance from the early 15th century.
We had lunch in a great old restaurant with its own brewery.
... which serves 5L beer towers...
The courtyard of the St Stephan's church.
A copy of the original statue which is in the cathedral. Note the dagger through the bible.
The Mainz Cathedral
Over 1000 years old, but restored several times.
The main nave of the cathedral.
Situated in what was the oldest hospital in Germany from the 13th century.
The Roman Theatre
The backdrop of this train station features the Roman Theatre. Escavated in the late 1990s and over 2000 years old, it once had a capacity of over 10000 and was the largest north of the Alps.
Another view of the theatre with the new railway station in the background.
The Mainz citadel with the old fortress walls. The buildings now house government offices.
The church of St Augustin
Completed in 1771.
The outside doesn't quite give away the impressive interior features.
The old centre of the city features some beautiful frame houses.
Ruins of the church of St. Christoph
Destroyed in the second world war, the church is now a war memorial.
St Peter's Church
The Rococo interior was recreated after the church was almost destroyed in the second world war.
The beautiful organ on the choir side of the church.
The Christ Church on Kaiserstrasse.
The protestant church is about 100 years old an was intended as a balance to the catholic cathedral.
The promenade on the Rhine river that runs through Mainz.
Theodor Heuss Bridge
Crossing the Rhine and connecting Hessen and Rhineland Palatinate federal states.
Across the River
Looking towards the Reduit building in Mainz-Kastel.
Mainz has a lot of charming buildings and restaurants.
The Saturday market on the square just next to the cathedral.