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Wormser Dom (Worms Cathedral)

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Rheinland, Germany.

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The Wormser Dom is a one of the best examples of the Romanesque style with it’s round towers, domes and red brickwork. The style is less ornate than the gothic grandeur of many of the Rhine regions other doms, but the simplicity of both the interior and exterior gives a grand atmosphere colored by the red of the stone used in it’s construction.

One of the great effects of this building is that from the outside the walls appear straight, while from the inside they are curved and arching.

Statues, with a partiality to lions who warn off the devil, and carved masonry have been added since it’s original consecration in 1110, though most are in the gothic style and have been complementary in their design, giving a unified appearance. Most of the extravagance of design is centered on the baroque high alter depicting Peter and Paul pointing towards the Madonna and Jesus.

Written by  Kynan Wieltz.

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I was stationed in Worms, August 1971-May 1972. Enjoyed the Bachfieschfest. Served with a unit that audited clubs throughout West Germany. Our commander was Lt. Col. Nunzio G. Mirrabela, from Galveston, Texas. As for enlisted men, First Sergeant Roland Height, and Staff Sergeant Earl Hicks were our superiors. In the office were Specialsts James Brown, Benton Harbor, Michigan; Steve Afdahl, Iowa; Al Ruffalo, Iowa; James Hauser, Grinnell, Iowa; Sachs from New Jersey, and myself, Philip Berquist, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but then Houston, Texas. We worked closely with civilian workers including Jim Poe, Anne Carlson and Ron ? There was also Lt. Simons from Texas, and Captain George Chapdelain, from Massachusetts. Lt General Wm. Eifler was the base commander. There was a tremendous pub just across the street from the main entrance on Mainzer Strasse. Run by an older man, Pop, his wife, and sister-in-law. Very friendly, after an appropriate time of drinking as a regular, they "awarded" us with personalized glasses to drink wonderful Eichbaum! This was during the time of the Baader-Meinhoff Gang, terrorists/anarchists who preferred to set magnetic time bombs on the green license plated GI autos set to explode at noon outside a club.

I was stationed at Taukkunen Barracks (34th TC) from 1962 thru Oct 1964 and toured the fascinating Wormser Dom also. I don't recall any scarring resulting from gunfire. The bahnhoff and other structures did. Worms and its people will always remain a most fond memory.

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Have you been back since the end of the war? Is it any different?

Hi Ralph. My name is Jim kuipers. I was in the 34th Maintenance Platon from Nov 1960 to Oct 1962. I made E-5 and was transferred to the 594th until late 1963. I then came back to the 34th Motor pool. SFC Neely was the Motor Sgt. When he left I took over the Motor pool as an SP/5. I later Made E-6 in 1964. I have a picture of you in the 34th Maintenance Platoon. If you would like me to send it to you contact me at kuipersj@bellsouth.net. I also have the names and addresses of other men in the platoon. Ph 502-964-8438

I was stationed in the U.S. Army at Worms, Germany 1960 - 1963 and had the good fortune to go inside and tour this cathedral, I was very impresses with it's history as well as the architecture in the building of it, amazing that it remained standing untouched during the bombing raids of the second world war, some things are meant to be I guess, fortunately.

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Wow - did it have any marks on it from the bombings?

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