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  • Maria Laach Abbey - Jewel of the Ahr Valley

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Situated in the Vulkaneifel, we visited the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, Maria Laach. This Romanesque abbey was founded in 1093 on the banks of the Laacher lake (the crater of an extinct volcano) and is still home to 60 Benedictine monks today. Their Gregorian chanting can be heard several times a day. Check the website for more details of its long history and for tickets and times of performances.

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    the Walls

    by pepples46 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    the Walls of the inner court

    of the inner court and the Lions fountain building up to the underground crypt, also known as Paradise, which has similarity to Granada.
    when you have the chance for a visit, do it in warmer season, the Basilika is freezing cold in the wintertime.
    although I have very fond memories over the Christmas period and the choirs performances

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    Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    Fascinating fountain in the Abbey grounds
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    Kloster Maria Laach is a Benedictine Abbey that is set alongside the Laacher See in the Eifel region. It is about 80 km’s south of the city of Cologne or 25 km's north of Koblenz.

    This beautiful ancient Abbey is dominated by the two tall towers of the Klosterkirche and is reputed to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings in Germany.

    Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey
    Address:
    56653 Maria Laach
    (Vulkaneifel) Phone: 02652/59-0
    Fax: 02652/59-359
    Abtei@maria-laach.de
    www.maria-laach.de
    Location / Drive: 80 km south of Cologne in the »Vulkaneifel«;
    ca. 80 min. by car, ca 70 min.by train Inter Regio from central station
    Visit: Opening hours:
    Easter - All Saints' Day:
    Sun.: 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
    Mon.-Fri. : 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
    All Saints' Day - Easter:
    Sun.: 1 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
    Mon. -Fri. :10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ; 2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission free

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    The Crypt of the Church

    by hquittner Updated Sep 21, 2006
    Altar in the Crypt
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    The crypt is a large chamber, supported by many heavy columns, below the eastern part of the church. It is of the 12C. The columns have plain block capitals. The columns are of limestone and the capitals of tuff. There is a well tended altar and prayer books behind the seats, so it undoubtedly used for devotions.

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    Visit the Lake

    by hquittner Written Jun 15, 2006
    Docks at the Laach
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    There is a path along the lake for walking (and maybe for biking). We chose to use our car along L113 North for about 2 km where we found a parking area across the road from the lake. Walking past a miniture golf course we came to a put-in and docks where there was a great deal of small sailboating activity and of course views of the lake

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    Many Church Adornments (mostly ancient)

    by hquittner Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Henry II, the Founder
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    The church has been decorated with many old and recent things. Some of the Brothers appear to be quite talented. Among the ancient monuments are a Merovingian tombstone (?) and an ancient font near the entrance door(3). In the West transept on a pier is a mural of St. Benedict (about 1500)(4). By far the most interesting is the tomb of the founder(1280) Count Palatine Henry II (d.1095). The idealized painted effigy on top is of wood. The sarcophagus is of stone and is carved and painted (1&2). A fine recent mosaic is of the Good Shepherd in the floor of the NE apse(5).

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    The Church Interior

    by hquittner Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Main Altar, Baldachin,Apse & Mosaic
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    The church follows a basilican plan with 2 apses and transepts. There is a tall nave with an aisle at each side and vaulting(2). There are clerestory window above the nave arcades. The supports are heavy piers with applied columns and pilasters with ornamented capitals(3). The east end altar conch has a 20 C mosaic patterned after the Romanesque model of Monreale. The altar is covered by a 13C baldachin that is elaborately decorated(1). There are 20C stained glass windows in the central apse and more mosaic in the other two eastern apses and on the floor(4). To the S. side at the W. end there is a chapel with a votive 15C painted wood-carved Pieta(5).

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    The Church Portico (The Paradise)

    by hquittner Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Hair-pullers (Left corner), writing demon, dragons
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    In 1220, after the church was completed, it was decided to make it fancier. A portico was added called the Paradise. It must have served as a cloister because its 3 sides look like one.It is in complete harmony with the exterior. At this same period the nave and aisles were vaulted. Porticos of this sort and vaulting were being added to a few other Benedictine churches in Sicily and S. Italy at this time but where did they get this cloister-like idea? (It is unique; there is no evidence that the Emperor at the time, FrederickII (Stupor Mundi) was in contact with the monastery), But there it stands: graceful , double columned(4), with carved foliated capitals(5), enclosing a bare central court around the apse, recently graced with an Alhambra-like Lion Fountain(3) made by one of the Brothers(1956). The most interesting part of the Paradise is the outer Entry. It is round-arched, 5-banded, with columns and pilasters and carved capitals(2), some of which are figured (the left ones). At the corner are the "hair-pullers" (haarraufer) demons, followed by a demon inscribing a book of sinners, and then 2 dragons(1).Only a few capitals are figured in the rest of the church. There is no advanced carving because such masons were in short supply, working away fervently in more southern climes.

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    The Church: Study the Exterior

    by hquittner Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Almost a view of the six towers
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    The shaping of the grounds makes it hard to examine the church from all angles and so the symmetry and gracefulness are not easy to appreciate.There are two taller towers at the East transept and two rounded towers at the West. (Two transept churches were not unusual in the Romanesque period). Between the East towers is a square based octagonal tower covering the crossing. Between the West towers is a similar taller square central tower with a projecting West end apse.Six towers in all (1). There is no west facade (since this is a two-ended church). From the west, where you approach over a parvis, the rhythm of the blind arcades, roofs, windows and varied colors of the tuff-stone and basalt(3) is soothing like a geometric stone waterfall (2)(the greatest Romanesque quality). The front entry, hidden in the portico, is simple(4). The only place you can find a view of all of the towers is down by the lake. (We did not try that).

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    Maria Laach – The Monastery

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The Monastery

    Though some of the substructures of the Abbey buildings adjoining the church go back to the time of the foundation, very little of their original character has been preserved. The buildings were modified from the early 20th century.

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    Maria Laach – The Portico

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The Lion Fountain

    Arcades on the three sides provide delightful glimpse both of the inner courtyard with the Lion Fountain. The origin of the Portico is mainly to countries South of the Alps so this is a unique addition to the monastery

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    Maria Laach – Tomb of the founder

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The tomb

    Count Palatine’s monument is a freestanding tomb of the late 13th century. It is a stone sarcophagus with a carved wooden lid, the Count Palatine an idealized youth full figure clad in princely robes and seemingly still alive as he rests on the cover. The tomb contains the founder’s remains.

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    Maria Laach – Left Altar Mosaic

    by MikeAtSea Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    The Mosaic above the altar

    A beautiful Mosaic is right above the left altar, a throne of mercy is portrayed: a representation of the Trinity, Jesus is enthroned and the Holy Spirit hovering over the life size crucifix which Jesus is holding by its arms.

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    Maria Laach – Crypt

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The Crypt

    A dark stair leads from the Lady Chapel down to the crypt, the oldest part of the basilica. It was begun and partly finished under Count Palatine Henry. The high bases of the limestone columns under their clear block capitals recall the crypt of the Speyer cathedral.

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    Maria Laach Main Church Inside

    by MikeAtSea Updated Feb 6, 2005

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    Inside the Main Church

    Abbot Gilbert was partly responsible for the design of the interior. He raised the tower above the crossing and erected the west choir. One smaller altar each is on both the East and West side of the main altar.

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