From its earliest beginnings in 764 until its destruction in the Thirty Years War Lorsch Abbey has experienced an exciting and chequered history. It owes its rapid growth in importance to a number of clever moves made by the Abbey’s directorate. Relics of Saint Nazarius were found at an early date and the Benedictine Abbey was placed under the personal protection of the king. Seigniory, architectural history and the humanities are the three pillars for the outstanding importance which is today assigned Charlemagne's former imperial abbey.
In 2014, 1,250 years after the abbey was founded, a large amount of the extensive refurbishing and extension work will be completed, thus greatly enhancing the attraction and range of experiences offered by the whole site. At the heart of the three kilometre-long circuit lies the abbey hill with the Königshalle hall, ecclesiastical fragments, the abbey wall and the newly created herb garden. In addition, the former tithe barn houses an information and museum centre where the intellectual history of the location is made tangible. The newly constructed Lauresham Carolingian noble court is unique in Europe, presenting the early Mediaeval manorial system in an exciting, visual form.
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