Maintz, Germany
December 2012
December 2012
The Christmas Market was beautifully lighted in the evening
We first visited Maintz in April 2012. The main sites of the walking tour now have a light covering of snow.
The Christmas Market in the daytime
This Bishop was killed by a knife that went right through his Bible
This sculpture represents local legends
These "wine barrel" booths allow people to keep warm while eating.
St Stephen’s Church is the site of the Chagall stained glass windows
where visitors sit in rather austere surroundings bathed in ethereal light from the all blue windows throughout the church.
Chagall, the Russian-born Jewish artist, who fled Nazi-occupied France, wanted nothing to do with Germany after the war.
Yet he was prevailed upon by his friend Msgr. Klaus Mayer to create a symbol of reconciliation in his church.
Chagall began this project in 1976 when he was 90 years old. He had completed the nine main windows when he died in 1985.
The rest were completed by his assistant Charles Marq. Final installation was done in 2000.

Maintz was once a Roman City.
Excavations have revealed the remains of Roman ships.
These and reproductions are displayed
in the Museum of Ancient Ships