The city of Mainz is situated on the site of the ancient Roman Mogontiacum. In 1999, while digging the ground for the construction of the Römerpassage shopping mall, ancient Roman temple ruins were discovered. “Magna Mater” is a titular phrase to refer to Roman goddesses while Isis Panthea is an Egyptian goddess. This sanctuary now houses a museum that can be accessed through the Römerpassage shopping mall and has free entry. Here, you can view curse tablets, bronze statues and inscription plates among other important archaeological discoveries. The museum also presents multimedia shows for educating the public.
St. Stephan, Mainz, known locally as St. Stephan zu Mainz is a collegiate church and has the oldest Gothic hall in the district of Upper Rhine. The church's history dates back to 990 CE when it was originally built. Over the centuries, the church has seen a lot of changes and rebuilding. It is famed for its unique blue Chagall choir windows created by renowned Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall between 1978 - 1985. The nine stained glasses depict scenes from the Old Testament highlighting the common Christian and Jewish traditions and are done in luminescent blue. The church is also one of Mainz's important churches.
Having survived the Second World War, the Augustinerkirche has retained its splendor. Used as a monastery by the monks of the Augustinian order from 1260-1803, the main building stems from 1768 and is now the seminary for the diocese. Painter Johann Baptist Enderle has paid tribute to the life of St. Augustine with some fantastic frescoes on the ceiling, and one of the few surviving organs built by master craftsman Johann Heinrich Stumm stands under the main window. The church organizes special programs on weekends.
The Mainz Cathedral is an architectural and historical marvel that is a must-visit while in the city. Known by different names like Martinsdom and more popularly St. Martin's Cathedral, it is situated close to the old town and serves as one of the major landmarks of Mainz. With a history going back to over a thousand years, this Roman Catholic monument exhibits an array of architectural styles. However, it remains a fine example of Romanesque architecture, even though it received several designs and structural alterations over the centuries. The cathedral interiors are home to ornate plaques and tombs of erstwhile reigning Electoral-prince-archbishops. Several arresting turn-of-the-century religious artworks adorn its high walls. The statues of The Madonna and Saint Boniface are focal points of its sprawling grounds.
The Botanischer Garten der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz lies in Mainz, Germany. This botanical garden was created between 1946-1955 and lies in the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. It was formerly a farmland and a training ground for the military. It now houses an alpine garden, a greenhouse complex and about 8500 species of plants and trees. Taking the guided tour by paying a nominal price is recommended if you wish to learn in-detail about the glasshouses and the different species of flora here.
The beautiful Landesmuseum Mainz attracts a number of visitors each year with its unique collection of art and craft. Exhibits include paintings and sculpture through the centuries that throw light on the history and culture of Mainz. Also known as the Mainz State Museum, a visit to this popular attractions will help your learn about the culture and history of Mainz.
The neo-classical church was built in the second half of the 18th century. The crucifixion group was created by H. Backoffen.
The Culture Center KUZ Mainz's industrial red brick walls belie the breadth of activity that takes place within - movie screenings, plays, live music performances, exhibitions, a beer garden and more can be found behind the center's doors. Regularly updated program information can be found on the KUZ website.