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Speyer: Maximilianstraße with cathedral in the background
Speyer: Maximilianstraße with cathedral in the background
Coat of arms of Speyer
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Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Urban district
Town subdivisions 4 Stadtteile
Lord Mayor Hansjörg Eger (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 42.58 km2 (16.44 sq mi)
Elevation 92 m  (302 ft)
Population 50,648  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 1,189 /km2 (3,081 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate SP
Postal code 67346
Area code 06232
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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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