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Lorsch is a town in the Bergstraße district in Hesse, Germany, 60 km south of Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide). Lorsch is well known for the Lorsch Abbey, which has been named a World Heritage Site.
Lorsch, which is described as
The Gateway to the Bergstraße, actually lies about 5 km west of the Bergstraße in the Rhine rift just west of the Odenwald between Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) to the north and Mannheim (Mannheim vacation rentals | Mannheim travel guide) to the south. The town lies not far from the Weschnitz’s lower reaches. In the town’s southeast is found the Weschnitzinsel conservation area.
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Things to See in Lorsch
Kleinkunstbühne Sapperlot (cabaret)
Museumszentrum Lorsch (
Lorsch Museum Center) with its departments of monastic history and folklore, and its tobacco museum.
Lorsch Abbey with the Königshalle
Benedictine herb gardens at the Lorsch Abbey
Lorsch’s Town Hall (built between 1714 and 1715)
Lorsch’s oldest timber-frame house at Stiftstraße 19
Lorsch’s oldest guesthouse, the Weißes Kreuz
Wattenheimer Brücke (bridge)
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The Imperial Abbey of Lorsch 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. Its chronicle, entered in the Lorscher Codex compiled in the 1170s (now in the state archive at Würzburg) is a fundamental document for early medieval German history. Another famous document from the monastic library is the Codex Aureus of Lorsch. On the upper floor, remnants of carolingian murals and gothic frescoes can be seen. In 1991 the ruined abbey was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The Abbey of Lorsch (German: Reichsabtei Lorsch; Latin: Laureshamense Monasterium, called also Laurissa and Lauresham) is a former Imperial Abbey in Lorsch, Germany, about 10 km east of Worms, one of the most renowned monasteries of the Carolingian Empire. Even in its ruined state, its remains are among the most important pre-Romanesque–Carolingian style buildings in Germany. Its chronicle, entered in the Lorscher Codex compiled in the 1170s (now in the state archive at Würzburg) is a fundamental document for early medieval German history. Another famous document from the monastic library is the Codex Aureus of Lorsch. In 1991 the ruined abbey was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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More about the History of Lorsch
The Lorsch Abbey was founded in 764 by the Frankish Count Cancor and his mother Williswinda. The Abbey was one of the greatest centres of Carolingian art. Several Carolingian kings of Germany were buried there. The monastery was settled by Benedictines from the Gorze monastery near Metz. In a document from 885, the Abbey is mentioned as Lauressam, from which, over the course of time, came the town’s current name. In the Early and High Middle Ages, the Abbey was a powerful Imperial monastery with holdings in the nearby Odenwald, on the Bergstraße and in Rhenish Hesse, and also in Alsace and Lorraine. In the civil war resulting from the Investiture Controversy in the 11th century, the Abbey sustained great losses in holdings to the nobility.
In the late 12th century, with the record of the old deeds, there was an attempt to reorganize the administration (Lorsch codex). Nevertheless, in 1232, Lorsch was awarded to the Archbishopric of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) and newly settled by Premonstratensians. Thereafter, Mainz and Electoral Palatinate found themselves at odds over who should hold the Vogt rights. Of the Carolingian Benedictine abbey, which in parts has been unearthed, the gatehall (from about 800) has been preserved. It is today a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site.
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