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The Gate of the Three Arches
On various tourist literature I have read of King's Hall or King's Gate or even The Lorscher Gate the gates origins and purpose seemed to be lost in time. I can only tell you it is a UNESCO building since 1991. The Gate is not mentioned in any early Middle Ages documents, the only mention is of a "ecclesia varia" = a colourful church which was build around 1817 - 1882 as a burial place for Franconian Kings. The colours and geometric designs on this old and silent gate are a stunning sight to behold and the description from history is very accurate in my eyes at least.
King's Hall interior is only open for groups by prior arrangement.
Address: Benediktin plaz
Directions: Cloister & Market Place
Phone: 6251 1038211
The Old Monastery
In the early sixties of the eighth century Count Cancor and his mother Williswinda founded the little monastery here in Lorsch. The Monastery was later given to the Count's relative a Chrodegan Archbishop of Metz, he was a great follower of the Carolingian dynasty. The Relics of Saint Nazamus, a gift from the Pope to show the loyalty and ties between the Roman Papacy and the Frankish Kings, were brought to Lorsch. This act led to the rise and growth of the Monastery with thousands of pilgrims visiting to worship the relics.
Today the monastery stands a few metres away from its original site. In 1995 scientific research began using radar to gather information on its long gone past. At present the work is in progress using computer aided design technology to help with future reconstruction. I hope it doesn't take a life time or I may never know the secrets of this fascinating place.
Address: The Cloister Lorsch
Directions: Enter through King's Gate near the Market Place
I spotted this Protestant Church = the Evangelische Kirche on the way back to the car and heading for Schwetzingen. I didn't go in = I would never have found a way through the thick forrestation surrounding the Church but to my surprise it was open. The Church stands on Wingertsber the northern cloister area, these grounds were a former vine yard. It seemed to me that these leafy trees and shrubs grow in very fertile soil = ah the beauty of nature.
The Evangelische Kirche was constructed between 1895 - 96 A Neo Romanesque red sandstone building formed mostly by square blocks. The Church is built on a high location so is visible from a long way off.
Address: Niberlungenstrabe Lorsch
Directions: On the street leading to the Market Place
The Benediktin Plaz is a pedestrian area which included the Cloister and Market Place. I was surprised to learn it was included as a tourist attraction as recently as 1982 when on the 18th. September of that year Dr. A. Ohlemeyer, the Abbot of Neuburg, which is the only Daughter Cloister of Lorsch, officially opend the Market Place. I loved the statue of the girl with the tobacco leaf symbolising Lorsch's link with the tobacco manufacturing industry.
Address: Benediktin Plaz
Model of the leaf drying sheds
The King's Hall Museum has three departments which individually trace the history of Lorsch. This is the tobacco museum - a bright modern building. The museum has so many artistically displayed tobacco items from highly decorative clay and wooden pipes, pretty hand painted snuff boxes, the huge cigars which were manufactured here in Lorsch and my favourite - the wooden cigar boxes. Lorsch's links to tobacco and the men, women and children who worked in the tobacco industry are explained very well here - all in all a very interesting and informative museum.
The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00 closed Monday
Price Adult 3e Student 2e child 1e family 6e
Directions: Near the Cloister & Market Place
Phone: 6251 10382
We had super weather when we visited Lorsch so a stroll around the cloister grounds was a pleasant way to pass some time in my favourite place = out doors. The Cloister has a fairly big kitchen garden where many plants such as lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Cat Nip and Cowslip are cultivated. Similar plants were grown here by the Benedictine Monks in a by gone age, the monks used the herbs and plants to make medicines and herbal remedies. The Cloister grounds contain some lovely old houses, some were used by the Monks and clergy who lived and worked in the community. The geese greated us with a noisy gaggle in their search for some crumbs, I did have a bread roll but it was too salty for me, so definately not to be fed to the geese - sorry little goose - I left you still hungry.
Address: Cloister Lorsch
Directions: Just off the Market Place
The Place for Tourists
I have visited Tourist Information Centres which have ranged from old historical buildings to some which have just been a little shed. The tourist information centre in Lorsch certainly takes the title of "The Most Grand" The former Rathaus or Town Hall was built in the sixteenth century. The building has three floors, the tourist information is on the ground floor. The information leaflets and books are nearly all in German but I did get a little book on Lorsch Gate in English and of course my usual supply of postcards.
Address: Benediktin Plaz
Directions: This Building dominates the Market Place
Phone: 6251 1752621
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