"The Church: Study the Exterior" Top 5 Page for this destination Maria Laach Things to Do Tip by hquittner
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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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