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Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Carolingian era
Date of Inscription: 1991
Location: Europe, Germany, State of Hesse (Hessen), District of Bergstrasse
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Description: The abbey and its colossal entryway, the celebrated 'Torhall', are rare architectural vestiges of the Carolingian era. This period’s sculptures and paintings remain in remarkably good condition. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Imperial Abbey of Lorsch (German: Reichsabtei Lorsch; Latin: Laureshamense Monasterium, called also Laurissa and Lauresham), in Lorsch, about 10 km (6 miles) east of Worms, was one of the most renowned monasteries of the Carolingian Empire. Even in its ruined state, its remains are among the most important pre-Romanesque buildings in Germany. In 1991 the ruined abbey was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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