Speyer (formerly known as Spires in English) is a ceety o Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany wi approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Locatit beside the river Rhine, Speyer is 25 km sooth o Ludwigshafen an Mannheim. Foondit bi the Romans, it is ane o Germany's auldest ceeties. The first kent names wur Noviomagus an Civitas Nemetum, efter the Teutonic tribe, Nemetes, settled in the aurie. Aroond the year 500 the name Spira first appeared in written documents. Spire, Spira, an Espira are still names uised for Speyer in the French, Italian, an Spaingie leids.

Speyer Cathedral

Speyer is dominatit bi the Speyer Cathedral, a number o kirks an the Altpörtel (auld gate). In the cathedral, beneath the heich altar, are the tombs o aicht Holy Roman emperors an German kings.

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Coordinates: 49°19′10″N 8°25′52″E / 49.3194°N 8.4311°E / 49.3194; 8.4311