Historical Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Mainz

Mainz boasts a number of churches and parishes which are worth visiting. The city’s oldest churches are especially impressive due to their grand architecture as the exterior and interior of the churches are built in Baroque, Gothic, Rococo, Classical and Renaissance styles. Not only that, but splendid frescoes, old organs, beautiful glass windows and rich high altars only add to the pleasure.
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Historical Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Historical Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Germany » Mainz (See other walking tours in Mainz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Christ Church (Christuskirche)
  • St. Peter Church
  • St. Emmeran Church
  • St. Christoph Church
  • St. Quintin's Church
  • St. John’s Church (Johanniskirche)
  • Mainz Cathedral
  • St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)
  • St. Ignaz Church (Ignazkirche)
  • St. Stephen's Church
Christ Church (Christuskirche)

1) Christ Church (Christuskirche)

The Christuskirche is an evangelical church built at the turn of the 19th century. After being destroyed during World War II, Christ Church was rebuilt between 1952 to 1954. The infrastructure represents an Italian High Renaissance. In addition to church services, Christuskirche also serves as a music venue.
St. Peter Church

2) St. Peter Church

The Catholic Church of St. Peter is one of the most important Baroque buildings in Mainz. The church was originally known as the St. Peter monastery. The present building is a baroque hall with a twin-tower facade built between 1749 to 1756 by architect Johann Valentin Thoman. The church is decorated with ceiling frescoes by Giuseppe Appiani, choir stalls, amazing Baroque altars and stucco decorations.
St. Emmeran Church

3) St. Emmeran Church

The Catholic parish of Saint Emmeran was founded in the 8th century. Significant modifications in the infrastructure were made in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The main tower, constructed in the end of the 12th century, has survived. During the Baroque period (1700-1701) the original diamond roof and an additional bell chamber with a lantern were added. The tower has four floors. Today, the church houses the Italian parish of St. Emmeran.
St. Christoph Church

4) St. Christoph Church

St. Christoph Church is an early Gothic church built between 1240 to 1330. The church was the baptistery of Johannes Gutenberg. Its Romanesque tower with double windows dates back to 1240. During the 17th and 18th centuries the church was renovated into a classic Baroque style. The church was ruined in World War II and today serves as a war memorial for the city.
St. Quintin's Church

5) St. Quintin's Church

The Church of St. Quintin is the oldest documented parish in the city. St. Quintin Church was first mentioned in 774, at the time of Merovingian. In the Second World War the church was badly damaged however the walls remained. The reconstruction and renovation began immediately and in 1948 the church re-opened.
St. John’s Church (Johanniskirche)

6) St. John’s Church (Johanniskirche)

St. John's Church is one of the oldest churches in the city. It dates back to the Carolingian times and was constructed in the 10th century. The Gothic altar was added in the 14th century. Since the 19th century, however, St. John's Church has been Protestant. You can attend its vespers every third Saturday in the month.
Mainz Cathedral

7) Mainz Cathedral (must see)

Mainz Cathedral or St. Martin's Cathedral is located near the historical center and pedestrianized market square of the city. This 1000 year-old Roman Catholic cathedral is the site of the Episcopal see of the Bishop of Mainz. Mainz Cathedral is predominantly Romanesque in style, but later exterior additions over many centuries have resulted in the appearance of various architectural influences seen today. The first post-Romanesque addition to the cathedral was the western rood screen. This was done in the Gothic style at the time of the western renovations. Following this example, the intersect area was heavily renovated in the next few centuries in the Gothic style. The interior of the cathedral houses tombs and funerary monuments of former powerful Electoral-prince-archbishops, or Kurfürst-Erzbischöfe, of the diocese and contains religious works of art spanning a millennium. The cathedral also has a central courtyard and statues of Saint Boniface and The Madonna on its grounds.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)

8) St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche) (must see)

Augustinerkirche is a catholic church built between 1768 and 1771. The exterior of the church features Baroque style and the interior tends toward Rococo. The magnificent frescoes (created by the painter Johann Baptist Enderle from Donauwörth) reflect the life of Augustine, the founder of the church.
St. Ignaz Church (Ignazkirche)

9) St. Ignaz Church (Ignazkirche)

The Mainzer Ignazkirche is a classical church hall. It was built between 1763 to 1774 under the architect Johann Peter Hunter. The sandstone facade is a French model of the early 17th century. The vault above the cross-shaped floor is a work of Johann Valentin Thoman. The interior also features magnificent ceiling paintings (dating back to 1773-1776).
St. Stephen's Church

10) St. Stephen's Church (must see)

The Collegiate Church of St. Stephan is a Gothic hall collegiate church, which was originally built in 990 at the order of Archbishop Willigis. The church was founded on top of the highest hill in the town. The current church building dates from the late medieval era; construction of the main area of the church began in about 1267 and was completed in 1340. The successional building kept the guidelines of the floor plan of the original building and with it the design as a double quire church.

St. Stephan is the oldest Gothic hall church in the Upper Rhinedistrict, and is (besides Mainz Cathedral) the most important church in the city of Mainz. Only a few changes have been made to the church since the 14th century. The cloister, for instance, was added between 1462 and 1499 to the southern side of the church, and the outer face of the church was updated during the Baroque period.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Mainz, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Mainz

Create Your Own Walk in Mainz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mainz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mainz Architectural Jewels

Mainz Architectural Jewels

Mainz architecture is very impressive due to its originality and variety of styles. Inside the city, several buildings date back to the 12th century and medieval times. Despite the devastating effects of World War II, these buildings have also survived and are cherished today by many.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Museums and Galleries Walk

Museums and Galleries Walk

While Mainz is not a very large city, the area is still home to several fantastic museums. Here you may explore Germany's numerous historical, cultural and natural collections - carefully displayed in one of the many museums such as Kupferberg, Fastnachtsmuseum, Museum of Natural History and Landesmuseum.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Mainz Shopping Walk

Mainz Shopping Walk

Mainz specialty shops are must-visit when in the area and searching for the hottest as well as most unique spot in the city. Thankfully, Mainz provides a large number of these outlets and are well worth your time. Take some time out of your vacation to enjoy all that Mainz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Family Activities in Mainz

Family Activities in Mainz

Mainz welcomes visitors of all ages. The city is home to several sights, museums, parks, entertainment centers, shops and cafés that are appropriate for both adults and children. Take this family friendly tour to discover rare dolls, classical games, taste typical German handmade pastry, learn history of the city, as well as taste your creativity at Mainz workshops.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Mainz Cultural Venues

Mainz Cultural Venues

Mainz offers a unique cultural experience that dates back all the way back to the beginning. Every epoch of Mainz history has thankfully been recorded through impressive art and is preserved today in numerous world famous museums and art centers. Theatre is another phenomenal example of Mainz culture, and evident through the plethora of plays, opera, and ballet.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Mainz Introduction Walking Tour

Mainz Introduction Walking Tour

Mainz, one of the oldest German cities, located on the Rhine River, is famous for its distinctive deep red sandstone buildings, such as the Romanesque Mainz Cathedral, Baroque style Augustinerkirche, Mainz Staatstheater and others. Architecture and history buffs will also take interest in the local half-timbered houses and medieval market squares; some buildings spanning back as far as the Roman...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles