Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Corvey Monastery - GERMANY - UNESCO #1447

The third card in the envelope it's not a UNESCO WHS yet, but still another amazing construction in Germany, even older than the one in Hildesheim I posted a couple of minutes ago. I really hope it will make the list soon. Thank you so much Michaela for this great swap. This postcard took 3 days to arrive! 

NOTE: On June 22nd 2014 this site was officially added to the UNESCO list and so it became my 402th WHS, (605 to finish!)
UNESCO # 1447 - The Corvey Monastery - GERMANY
Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey are located  along the Weser River on the outskirts of Höxter where they were erected between 822 and 885 A.D. in a largely preserved rural setting. The Westwork is the only standing structure that dates back to the Carolingian era, while the original imperial abbey complex is preserved as archaeological remains which are only partially excavated. The Westwork of Corvey uniquely illustrates one of the most important Carolingian architectural expressions. It is a genuine creation of this period, and its architectural articulation and decoration clearly illustrate the role played within the Frankish empire by imperial monasteries in securing territorial control, administration, as well as the propagation of Christianity and of the Carolingian cultural and political order throughout Europe.

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