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Ever been to Hildesheim?; Ille Simon; Deutsche Welle

Germany – St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim

Hildesheim might be best known for its goth and metal music festival but the city in Lower Saxony boasts a rich history too. The medieval Hildesheim Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church are listed as UNESCO world heritage.

A Journey Back in Time

Hildesheim is more than 1200 years old. The city is home to more than 40 churches. Hildesheim Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church are some of the most notable examples of Romanesque architecture. What was an Episcopal center in the Middle Ages is now a city of 100,000 inhabitants.

Rosy Future

The legendary “Thousand-Year Rosebush” grows on the Hildesheim Cathedral wall. As the story goes, after the cathedral was destroyed by allied bombs in 1945, roses began to blossom among the ruins. Despite its name, scientists believe the rosebush is a “mere” 700 years old.

Cast to Perfection

The double doors on the cathedral’s western side were commissioned by Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim. Dating back to the year 1015, they feature ornate bronze relief work, making them the oldest doors of their kind of the medieval period. The doors are now kept inside to protect them from the elements.

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Material Culture, Art and the Elites at Hildesheim; Medieval Histories

Germany – St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim

The Cathedral and the Church of the Abbey in Hildesheim are rightly famous. Not only the architecture, but also the interior design create the idea of “total works of art”. The question is in which way this came about? And what role the elites played?

Hildesheim holds two world famous treasures – the Cathedral and the Abbey Church. Both listed as UNESCO World Heritage, they are some of the most impressive examples of what in German is called a “Gesamtkunstwerk” or “total work of art”. Not only the architectural heritage, but also the objects of art, created by and for these churches, witness to the conscious intent of the elite, as well as the intellectual context, in which they were commissioned.

For the last two years, a research project funded by the German Federal Government has united the efforts of medieval historians and art historians at the Universities in Kiel, Potsdam, Osnabrück and Bonn as well as the Dommuseum in Hildesheim to uncover the social context of Hildesheim between 1130 and 1250.

Source: Material Culture, Art and the Elites at Hildesheim – Medieval Histories

The world’s oldest living things and where to find them; Sadie Whitelocks; Daily Mail Online

Germany – St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim

 

  • One of the world’s oldest living organisms is a seagrass bed found off the Balearic Islands in Spain
  • The Giant Volcano Sponge found in Antarctica is another ancient specimen, dating back some 15,000 years
  • Along with plants, there are a range of elderly animals including Jonathan, the 184-year-old tortoise

The average life expectancy for humans currently stands at 71.4 years.

But these extraordinary organisms truly stand the test of time, witnessing generation after generation pass them by.

From a 100,000-year-old seagrass bed off the Spanish coast to a 184-year-old tortoise plodding along in the Seychelles, MailOnline Travel has put together a compendium of some of the world’s oldest living things.

Many of the ancient animals and plants attract thousands of visitors from around the world every year.

 

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