Speyer facts for kids
|Town subdivisions||4 Stadtteile|
|Lord Mayor||Werner Schineller (CDU)|
|Area||42.58 km2 (16.44 sq mi)|
|Population||50,648 (31 December 2006)|
|- Density||1,189 /km2 (3,081 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Imperial City of Speyer
|Status||Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire|
|Historical era||Middle Ages|
|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
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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