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Speyer: Maximilianstraße with cathedral in the background
Speyer: Maximilianstraße with cathedral in the background
Coat of arms of Speyer
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Urban district
92 m (302 ft)
 • Total 50,561
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 06232
Vehicle registration SP
Imperial City of Speyer

Reichsstadt Speyer
Status Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire
Capital Speyer
Government Republic
Historical era Middle Ages
• Founded
ca 10 BC
• Gained Reichsfreiheit
• Diet at Speyer confirms
    Edict of Worms
April 19, 1529
• Protestation at Speyer
April 20, 1529
• City razed
• Annexed by France
• Annexed to Bavaria
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Bishopric of Speyer Bishopric of Speyer
French First Republic

Speyer (English formerly Spires) is a city in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with about 50,000 inhabitants on the Rhine river. It lies 25 km (15.5 mi) south of Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Around the year 500 the town gets the name Spira, named after the stream Speyerbach which flows into the Rhine river here.

The center of Speyer is dominated by the cathedral. Here are the tombs of several of the Salian emperors: the bodies, however, are believed to have gone missing during one of the French invasions during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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