Worms and Marburg, April 2009

Here’s my weekend tour of two structures that mark the end of Romanesque style and the beginning of Gothic style in Germany, Worms Cathedral, and the St. Elisabeth church (Elisabethkirche) in Marburg. The towns are also very pretty and loaded with a millenium of history, with plenty of the Fachwerk houses that are typical of many cities in Germany. And given Germany’s fickle weather, it cooperated fabulously, as it has for much of April.

Worms Cathedral, completed around 1180, with a bit of Gothic at the south entrance:

West towers

West towers

West chancel

West chancel

Spring in the air

Spring in the air

And nearby, on the other side of the Rhine, the remains of the Carolingian-era Lorsch Abbey (Abtei Lorsch):

Lorsch Abbey

Lorsch Abbey

The following day I drove in the other direction to Marburg, a very pretty, hilly university town built on the side of a steep hill, and crowned by a castle. It’s a real classic university city, with plenty of drinking holes, cheap food, and a very lively feel. 

St. Elizabeth's, Marburg

St. Elisabeth's, Marburg

Marktplatz, Marburg

Marktplatz, Marburg

Rooftops

Rooftops

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