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Building a Monastery the Medieval Way
Der Spiegel Online ^ | 3/21/12 | Angelika Franz

Posted on 03/29/2012 7:06:27 AM PDT by marshmallow

Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way. Working conditions will be strictly 9th-century, without machines, rain jackets or even coffee. It will take decades, but they hope to garner fresh insights into everyday life in the 800s.

What did a medieval stonemason do when heavy rainfall interrupted his work? Umbrellas are impractical at construction sites. Gore-Tex jackets weren't yet invented, nor were plastic rain jackets. "He donned a jacket made of felted loden cloth," says Bert Geurten, the man who plans to build an authentic monastery town the old-fashioned way.

Felted loden jackets will also be present on rainy days at Geurten's building site, which is located near Messkirch, in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, between the Danube River and Lake Constance. Beginning in 2013, a Carolingian monastery town will be built here using only the materials and techniques of the 9th century. From the mortar to the walls, the rain jackets to the menu, every aspect of the operation will be carried out as just as it was in the days of Charlemagne. "We want to work as authentically as possible," says Geurten.

The building contractor from the Rhineland region has long dreamt of carrying out his plan. When he was a teenager, the now 62-year-old was inspired by a model of the St. Gallen monastery plan in an exhibition in his home city of Aachen. The plan, dating from the beginning of the 9th century, shows the ideal monastery, as envisioned by Abbot Haito of Reichenau.

Haito dedicated his drawing to his colleague Abbot Gozbert of St. Gall, who presided over the monastery from 816 to 837. He meticulously recorded everything that he believed was necessary for a monastic city, from a chicken coop to a church.........

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TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; History
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1 posted on 03/29/2012 7:06:32 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: zot; Interesting Times; Alamo-Girl

A unique version of “give me that old time religion.”


2 posted on 03/29/2012 7:13:20 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: marshmallow
Read about this on thehistoryblog.com. Sounds and looks awesome. On his show "Only in America," Larry the Cable Guy visited the medieval fortress being built in the Ozarks. It's also being built by volunteers, using the techniques available during the medieval period. Hope I live long enough to see it finished:

Medieval Fortress

3 posted on 03/29/2012 7:21:01 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: marshmallow

I’m reminded of Follett’s Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. If you were drawn to this thread for love of history or architecture, then you would do well to read those two novels. Follett did a considerable amount of research into building techniques, monastic culture, politics, etc. A fun read.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 7:21:06 AM PDT by brewer1516
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To: marshmallow; SunkenCiv

bump


5 posted on 03/29/2012 7:45:47 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: marshmallow

It’s nice that some people have lots of time to waste on nonsense like that. Practicing for after the Muslim takeover, maybe?


6 posted on 03/29/2012 8:44:06 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: marshmallow

I really enjoyed this article until I read that the funding was governmental, rather than private, as usual.

Some people really enjoy spending other people’s money. Wonder if the ones funding this will ever see a penny of the “profits”.

Doubt it.


7 posted on 03/29/2012 8:50:09 AM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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To: JimRed
It’s nice that some people have lots of time to waste on nonsense like that.

Buzz Killington.


8 posted on 03/29/2012 8:50:59 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: GreyFriar
A unique version of “give me that old time religion.”

Yes, and surely a labor of love.

9 posted on 03/29/2012 8:52:22 AM PDT by zot
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

LOL - nicely done!


10 posted on 03/29/2012 8:52:42 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: brewer1516

Read them both after a trip to Bayeux ( in the Normandy region of France ). I visited the Cathedral that’s famous for its tapestry, and that Cathedral was over 1,000 years old. Could have easily spent the whole day exploring, it was THAT large and interesting. It amazes me what people were able to achieve without the benefit of modern technology!


11 posted on 03/29/2012 12:55:05 PM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: marshmallow
Working conditions will be strictly 9th-century, without machines, rain jackets or even coffee.

I'd be more impressed if they had no modern medicine and they had the wild animals and the odd Viking to avoid..

12 posted on 03/29/2012 1:37:53 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: GeronL; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks GeronL.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


13 posted on 03/29/2012 3:48:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: marshmallow

Felted loden coats are mideival? I used to wear one in college. Now I’m really feeling old.


14 posted on 03/29/2012 4:08:32 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: marshmallow

WHOA! I would love to be part of that!


15 posted on 03/29/2012 4:42:43 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If you think health care is expensive now, wait til it's free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

We might all need to get back to the old ways one day... after the collapse of civilization... okay, when I said “all” I meant the very very few survivors


16 posted on 03/29/2012 5:52:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

:’) The Middle Ages were civilized, just different.


17 posted on 03/29/2012 9:08:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: marshmallow
I predict that without monks, without the Faith, this project doesn't get finished, and even if it does, it's just an empty shell.
18 posted on 03/30/2012 5:14:42 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: brewer1516

Follet’s “Pillars of the earth” was one of the best books I ever read.

Are his other books equally as good?

I could not put it down


19 posted on 03/30/2012 8:01:22 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: JimRed
"It’s nice that some people have lots of time to waste on nonsense like that. Practicing for after the Muslim takeover, maybe?"

The precise reason the muslims are poised to take over Europe in the first place is that too many Europeans have readily and willingly abandoned the foundations of their civilization that this man is trying to reinforce.

20 posted on 03/30/2012 8:07:14 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mr. K

The sequel, World Without End, was also pretty good. It told of the same town and cathedral 200 years after the cathedral was built (first book). I also read Fall of Giants. That is the first of what Follett calls his Century Trilogy and covers WWI. Though, I enjoyed much of it from a historical perspective, but it plod along after a short while and I was put off by the sanctimonious liberalism. He spends quite a bit of the book telling us how great socialism is for the downtrodden Welsh miners.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 1:13:48 PM PDT by brewer1516
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To: Mr. K

His “Eye of the Needle” is an excellent WWII spy novel.


22 posted on 03/30/2012 1:36:11 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks, Civ
Fascinating! Monastic orders and architecture in medieval Europe are complex and astonishing.


23 posted on 03/30/2012 9:58:54 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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