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“A day at Quedlinburg” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Church of St. Servatius

Church of St. Servatius
Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Hellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark
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“A day at Quedlinburg”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

10-15 mins walk from Quedlinburg marketplace , easily located with a map of the town , though the city map is sometimes confusing . It is called castle but it is a church originally where the first king of Germany was crowned and thus have some importance back in the time . The church museum opens at 10 AM and have a entry fee of around 5 or 6 euros , students have discount .
We did not go inside , and visited the church in a circle , the view of the town and surroundings is very good from the back side and there is a small gardens well maintained .

Visited May 2013
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Lubbecke, Germany
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“An Historic Church with a 10th Century Rose & A 20th Thorn!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

No visit to Quedlinburg should be concluded without a walk up the old cobbled pavement, through the arch to the castle and Collegiate Church of St Servatius. This beautiful sacred space has its roots back in the 10th Century and the Crypt is the place to start your tour. [There is a charge but it is worth paying if you like history and frescoes.] Underneath the younger stones you find a small part of the original structure deep in the floor under the apse. Here a series of small decorative alcoves form part of the old 'Confessio', behind the tomb of the founder of the first German Reich, Konig Heinrich 1 (King Henry 1).

The vaulted ceiling here has some wonderful frescoes in a good state of repair, which reflect the once beautiful fabric of the whole church, until stripped out by the later Prussian search of simplicity which is reflected in the plain stone of the church nave, denuded of it fresco glory.

The later fascination with this building and its historic tomb was pursued by Heinrich Himmler who sought to make this church a centre for SS rites and rituals, causing great damage to the fabric of the past in his naive attempt to rewrite history to suit the purposes of the National Social Movement.

So this monument is significant not just as the burial place of the first 'German' king, but for an insight into the twisted psychology of the Nazi's and their desire to shape the past to fit their vision of the future.

Top Tip: don't miss the small piece of parchment in the treasury, from the 'Quedlinburg Itala'. It is a piece of one of the oldest illustrated Bibles in the world dating from the end of the 4th to the beginning of the 5th century. Arguably the most precious item in the collection.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, MA
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“A great place to hear music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We saw a concert in this church, which was fantastic. I highly recommend it, if you happen to be here: I think they have a small concert series each summer.

We also came back and visited the treasury, which was slightly pricy, but a terrific collection of early medieval art and texts, which helped you understand more about the history of the church. A wonderful example of German Romanesque: check out the carvings on the outside! (simpler than French or German Gothic, but Romanesque churches have a certain grandeur and dignity.)

Visited July 2012
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Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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“The Church on the Castle Hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Have a look at the room of the nave, admire the achievement of the medieval architecture and stone-masons' work ...Don't miss the two treasure rooms upstairs the altar!!! It's a church really worth to be visited!

Visited April 2012
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“A Women's Place for Men too.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

This former abbey on top of a tor is reached by a windy cobbled hill. It's worth the small trek for the view. Once you're up there, take in the superb cloister, and the evocative church... and I use that word in more ways than one. It's gentle reminder of a great deal of this areas long history, and very thought provoking. When we were there the oldest tapestry this side of the Alps was on display. This is much more exciting than I expected, for a start it's knotted like a rug rather than sewn, but the colours and perspective in the pictures seem to come from a much later time. Enjoy!

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