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UNESCO World Heritage Site #215: Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch

From the World Heritage inscription: The religious complex represented by the former Lorsch Abbey with its 1,200-year-old gatehouse, which is unique and in excellent condition, comprises a rare architectural document of the Carolingian era with impressively preserved sculpture and painting of that period. It gives architectural evidence of the awakening of the West to the […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #214: Messel Pit Fossil Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The Messel Pit has provided a wealth of fossils that have greatly increased understanding of the Eocene Age. It is a small site approximately 1,000 m long (north to south) and 700 m wide (east to west). The Eocene (‘dawn of new times’) epoch (57-36 million years ago) was a […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #213: Frontiers of the Roman Empire

From the World Heritage inscription: At its height the Roman Empire extended into three continents. Its borders reflected the waxing and waning of power over more than a millennia. In what is now Germany there were several military campaigns into the area north of the Alps and east of the River Rhine from 55/53 BC […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #212: Völklingen Ironworks

From the World Heritage inscription: Although the Völklingen Ironworks went out of production comparatively recently, they are the only intact example, in the whole of western Europe and North America, of an integrated ironworks that was built and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries and has remained intact. Historically this plant was a model […]

Monday Travel Update – Half Way Through Germany Edition

I am now half way through my German World Heritage tour where I visit the remaining 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which I have yet to visit in the country. Today I find myself south of Frankfurt where I visited the Frontiers of the Roman Empire in Saalburg late yesterday afternoon in a snowstorm. So […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #211: Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier

From the World Heritage inscription: Trier is an example of a large Roman capital after the division of the empire. The remains of the Imperial Palace, in addition to the Aula Palatina and the Imperial Thermae, are impressive in their dimensions. The city bears exceptional testimony to Roman civilization owing to the density and the […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #210: Upper Middle Rhine Valley

From the World Heritage inscription: The strategic location of the dramatic 65km stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen, Rüdesheim und Koblenz as a transport artery and the prosperity that this engendered is reflected in its sixty small towns, the extensive terraced vineyards and the ruins of castles that once defended its trade. The […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #209: Aachen Cathedral

From the World Heritage inscription: With its columns of Greek and Italian marble, its bronze doors, the largest mosaic of its dome (now destroyed), the Palatine Chapel of Aachen has, from its inception, been perceived as an exceptional artistic creation. It was the first vaulted structure to be constructed north of the Alps since antiquity. […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #208: Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen

From the World Heritage inscription: The technological and other structures of the Zollverein XII Coal Mine Industrial Complex are representative of a crucial period in the development of traditional heavy industries in Europe, when sympathetic and positive use was made of architectural designs of outstanding quality. Zollverein is an exceptional industrial monument by virtue of […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #207: Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen

From the World Heritage inscription: The Bremen Town Hall and Roland are an outstanding ensemble representing civic autonomy and market freedom, as developed in the Holy Roman Empire. The town hall represents the medieval Saalgeschossbau-type of hall construction, as well as being an outstanding example of the so-called Weser Renaissance in northern Germany. The Bremen […]

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