Corvey has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and to celebrate we have some lovely pictures of the castle and Westwerk to share with you. As we reported last week, “The committee stated that the Carolingian westwork and the Civitas Corvey from the Early Middle Ages stood testimony to the abbey’s extraordinary universal value. The westwork in Höxter, in North Rhine-Westphalia, is the only surviving example from Carolingian days and combines quite exceptionally Carolingian architecture with models from Classical Antiquity to create a veritable artwork, the committee found. Moreover, the imperial abbey was an intellectual, religious and political centre in France at the time, and played a decisive role in Europe. The Benedictine monastery was founded in 822 by the ruling Carolingian dynasty. The monastery, along with its school and library, was one of the key institutions teaching Christian culture in the Middle Ages. The westwork was built between 873 and 885 and decisively shaped Occidental architecture. To this day, the mythological figures that reference Classical Antiquity remain a special feature–the fathers of the Church integrated the images into the Christian world view.”
To the beach! To the bay! To the boats!
Germany’s Autobahn is famous internationally as one of the few places in the world where it is legal to drive as fast as you want. A few scenes from the road…
I bet the Berliners are all longing for sunny weather like this right now. Here’s to the quick arrival of spring!