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"Torhalle/Königshalle: The Gate Hall or King?s Hall" Torhalle - Koenigshalle Tip by Kathrin_E

Torhalle - Koenigshalle, Lorsch: 6 reviews and 22 photos

by Kathrin_E
  • Torhalle - Lorsch
    by Kathrin_E
  • Torhalle - Lorsch
    by Kathrin_E
  • Model of the original shape in the museum - Lorsch
      Model of the original shape in the museum
    by Kathrin_E

Nobody knows when exactly the gate hall has been erected, probably around 790/800. Nobody knows its original purpose, apart from being a representative entrance to the church and abbey grounds. The hall on the first floor indicates there was more to it. The building is also known as Königshalle (King’s Hall) – it may have been used by kings and emperors for audiences and meetings, but this is pure guessing. In later times the hall was turned into a chapel. Thanks to this the building was maintained even after the destructions of the 30 Year War, unlike the rest of the abbey.

There are larger and more impressive buildings of Carolingian origins than this. Aachen cathedral, for example, However, most of the others have been refurbished and renovated later on. This one has not. About 80% of the substance of the original building has been preserved. A model in the museum shows the original shape: the roof was lower, otherwise it was not much different from what it looks like now.

The interior can be visited only with guided tours which are offered by the museum centre every hour in the afternoon. The tour is included in the entrance fee of the museum.

The rectangular hall used to have a flat ceiling which was later substituted by a timber vault. It is empty except some traces of frescoes on the walls.

Address: Niebelungenstrasse, Lorsch
Directions: Town centre

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 17, 2010
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