We headed to Speyer to look for information on my Zeiger ancestors from Ottweiler. The website for the Landeskirche Evangelische Archive indicated that the records for Ottweiler were kept in the archive. We were directed to a staff member specializing in these records. She indicated that they didn’t have the records and made a phone call to determine that they were stored at another location that was too far away.
I wanted to visit the Speyer Cathedral ever since my discussion in the Schwan Restaurant with the couple who asked to join me at my table. He highly recommended the Cathedral and said he considered it one of the most historically significant places in the area. We had plenty of time and the rain had stopped, so we decided to visit the Cathedral.
The Imperial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and St. Stephen was founded during the reign of Konrad II in 1030 and was consecrated in 1061. The huge structure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the world’s largest and most significant Romanesque church. Eight Kings of Germany and four of their wives are buried in the Cathedral. Throughout the centuries, the Cathedral has been partially burned and restored several times. Only the cycle of 24 scenes from the life of the Virgin between the windows of the nave have been preserved. The large number of relics on display in the St. Catherine Chapel make the Cathedral a popular pilgrimage site.
I was disappointed that we didn’t locate the genealogy records, but the visit to the Cathedral more than made up for the confusion about the location of the records.