As in all traditional European cities, Mainz’s cathedral dominates the main square. In this case, St. Martin’s Cathedral, a (mostly) Romanesque sandstone structure with six towers, rises into Mainz’s skyline.
Construction began in the 10th century and, in a stroke of unspeakably bad luck, the original structure burned down one day before its consecration in 1066. When it was rebuilt, some of the original masonry and the original bronze doors were salvaged.
Proving that one-upping was alive and well 1,000 years ago, the interior is filled with extravagant monuments and sculptures, all resting spots for former archbishops.