|UNESCO #546 - Maulbronn Monastery Complex - GERMANY|
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Maulbronn Monastery Complex - GERMANY - UNESCO #546
This card shows another ancient monastery classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this time in Germany (my 21st WHS from there!) and was sent by Kerstin that went there with her family to the traditional Christmas market (she says they go every year because of the beautiful atmosphere). Thank you very much Kerstin for this card and the nice words in the back (a wonderful Christmas for you to). With this card, my collection jumps to 247 different sites, 734 more and I'm done.This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
Founded in 1147, the Cistercian Maulbronn Monastery is considered the most complete and best-preserved medieval monastic complex north of the Alps. Surrounded by fortified walls, the main buildings were constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries. The monastery's church, mainly in Transitional Gothic style, had a major influence in the spread of Gothic architecture over much of northern and central Europe. The water-management system at Maulbronn, with its elaborate network of drains, irrigation canals and reservoirs, is of exceptional interest.