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Old Town of Quedlinburg

Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg is a medieval German town situated north of the Harz Mountains. The Münzenberg and Schloßberg of Quedlinburg are situated on two slopes of the Harz Mountains. Quedlinburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Germany, the cobblestone streets are lined with more than 2000 half-timbered buildings. The Old Town of Quedlinburg has the most half-timbered houses in Germany The Romanesque Collegiate Church of St. Servatius and Castle of Quedlinburg on the Schloßberg are dominating the Old Town of Quedlinburg. The town became the first capital of Germany, when King Heinrich I was crowned in Quedlinburg in 919. He was the founder of the Ottonian dynasty. During the tenth and first half of the eleventh centuries, Quedlinburg continued to be the political centre of the Ottonian Empire. Queen Mathilde, the wife of Heinrich I, founded a convent in 936, their granddaughter Mathilde became the first abbess in 966. The royal graves of King Heinrich and Queen Mathilde are in the crypt of the Collegiate Church of St. Servatius on the Schloßberg. Quedlinburg is the birthplace of the poet Klopstock, who influenced the early work of Goethe, it is also the birthplace of Friedrich Wilke, the poet of the Beresinalied, Song of the Berezina. Quedlinburg was spared during World War II, most of the buildings are authentic. Quedlinburg was part of the former DDR. Since the reunification of Germany, Quedlinburg started the restoration of the town. The Collegiate Church, the Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. 

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Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Germany, the narrow,...

Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg is one of the most

beautiful cities of Germany, the narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with more than two

thousand half-timbered buildings. The Collegiate Church of St. Servatius, the Castle and

Old Town of Quedlinburg gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. 

  1. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Germany, the narrow,...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg is one of the most

    beautiful cities of Germany, the narrow, cobblestone streets are lined with more than two

    thousand half-timbered buildings. The Collegiate Church of St. Servatius, the Castle and

    Old Town of Quedlinburg gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. 

  2. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: A Benedictine monastery and the Marienkirche, St. Mary's Church, were...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: A Benedictine monastery and the

    Marienkirche, St. Mary's Church, were founded on the Münzenberg in 946. The monastery

    was completed in 995. After the Protestant Reformation and the dissolution of the monastery

    in 1539, the monastery and church fell into disrepair.

  3. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The River Bode. Quedlinburg was built on two hills, the Burgberg, Castle...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The River Bode.

    Quedlinburg was built on two hills, the Burgberg, Castle Hill, and the Münzenberg, located

    on a slope of the Harz mountains. In the 16 century, small half-timbered houses were built

    inside the ruins of the Benedictine monastery on the Münzenberg, the poor part of the town.

  4. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The Burgberg, the Castle Hill. Quedlinburg became the first capital of Germany when...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The Burgberg, the Castle Hill.

    Quedlinburg became the first capital of Germany when King Heinrich I was crowned here

     in 919. He was the founder of the Ottonian dynasty. During the 10th and the first half of

    the 11th centuries Quedlinburg continued to be the political centre of the Ottonian Empire.

  5. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The Schloßberg or Burgberg. The Romanesque Collegiate Church of St. Servatius...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The Schloßberg or Burgberg.

    The Romanesque Collegiate Church of St. Servatius and the Castle of Quedlinburg on

    the Schloßberg are dominating the Old Town of Quedlinburg. The royal graves of King

    Heinrich and Queen Mathilde are in the crypt of the Collegiate Church of St. Servatius. 

  6. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The Castle of Quedlinburg. The Quedlinburg castle complex was founded by King Heinrich...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The Castle of Quedlinburg.

    The Quedlinburg castle complex was founded by King Heinrich I. The Castle Gate is dating

    from the 15th century. The three wings of the castle were rebuilt in the Renaissance Style

    in the 16th until the 18th centuries.

  7. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The entrance gate to Castle Hill. Quedlinburg Castle is situated on top...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The entrance gate to Castle Hill.

    Quedlinburg Castle is situated on top of Castle Hill. The Lyonel Feininger Gallery, situated 

    at the foot of Castle Hill, presents the work of Lyonel Feininger, a German-American graphic

    artist, draftsman, photographer and painter, and one of the first Bauhaus masters in Weimar.

  8. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: At the foot of Castle Hill stands the birth house of Friedrich Gottlieb...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: At the foot of Castle Hill stands the

    birth house of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock and the birth house of the poet Ludwig Giseke.

    Ludwig Giseke is the poet of the Beresinalied (Song of the Berezina), originally known as

    the poem 'Die Nachtreise'. Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock influenced the early work of Goethe.

  9. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg was spared during World War II, most of the buildings are...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: Quedlinburg was spared during

    World War II, most of the buildings are authentic, the most of them are dating from the 17th

    century. Quedlinburg has the most half-timbered houses in Germany. The Collegiate Church,

    Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1994. 

  10. Old Town of Quedlinburg - Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The River Bode flows through the Old Town of Quedlinburg. Quedlinburg...

    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg: The River Bode flows through the

    Old Town of Quedlinburg. Quedlinburg is situated on the west bank of the small River Bode.

    Quedlinburg was part of the former DDR. Since the German reunification in 1990, the town

    of Quedlinburg started the restoration of the town.