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Corvey Castle

N 5146.662', E 924.553'
2013-05-19, 2019-06-23
http://www.schloss-corvey.de/en/
Our rating: 7.80
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In the Internet this place is often called the Corvey Abbey, and it is wrong: mass tourists will not go to the "abbey", as they hardly know what it is. The Germans understood it long time ago, and even the official site is called "The Corvey Castle." And Corvey really looks like a castle, a very large castle.

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

There are guided tours inside, but you can walk on your own. I was there at 11 am, saw 2 large groups, but they were staying in the first rooms so I could walk around the huge castle almost alone. At the castle (and I visited about 40-50 rooms and halls) were only two custodians and 6-7 visitors. And the castle is not empty, there are various museum exhibits, furnishings, a huge library and paintings inside. However, now we can only see a small part of the library. Many books were lost or went into various princely family collections.

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

On the castle territory is the oldest Westwerk in the world (monumental Western facade of the church), built in 873-875 (was changed in 1145-1159). Inside, there are original frescoes depicting scenes from the Odyssey.

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

The first monastery on this site was founded in 822. Corvey played a significant role in the Middle Ages, as it was located on one of the main roads of Germany. Many monarchs visited it and gave various privileges. This is the first abbey where minting of coins was allowed. At the same time, Corvey become a major cultural and educational center, from which came many well-known bishops.

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

During the Thirty Years' War, abbey buildings sustained substantial damage. It received the modern view during the period from 1699 to 1714. However, in 1803, during the Napoleonic Wars, the abbey was abolished. In 1831, the Duke family Ratybor bought Corvey.

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

Tower of the Corvey Castle
Tower of the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Central entrance to the Corvey Castle
Central entrance to the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak

Bas-reliefs at the entrance gate
Bas-reliefs at the entrance gate Yuriy Buriak

Bas-reliefs at the entrance gate
Bas-reliefs at the entrance gate Yuriy Buriak

Corvey Castle
Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Sculpture in the Corvey Castle
Sculpture in the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Each entrance to the castle is very beautiful.
Each entrance to the castle is very beautiful. Yuriy Buriak


Imperial hall in the west wing
Imperial hall in the west wing Yuriy Buriak


Blue room in the west wing
Blue room in the west wing Yuriy Buriak


Summer room
Summer room Yuriy Buriak


Princely library (currently are about 75 thousand volumes left)
Princely library (currently are about 75 thousand volumes left) Yuriy Buriak


Princely library (currently are about 75 thousand volumes left)
Princely library (currently are about 75 thousand volumes left) Yuriy Buriak


Corridor with horns
Corridor with horns Yuriy Buriak


Corridor with horns
Corridor with horns Yuriy Buriak


Very beautiful sycamore alley behind the Corvey Castle
Very beautiful sycamore alley behind the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Museum of various ancient utensils
Museum of various ancient utensils Yuriy Buriak


Corridors of the Corvey Castle
Corridors of the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Church of St. Stephanus and Vitus
Church of St. Stephanus and Vitus Yuriy Buriak


Museum rooms inside the Corvey Castle
Museum rooms inside the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Wooden sculpture (1600)
Wooden sculpture (1600) Yuriy Buriak


Picture (1903)
Picture (1903) Yuriy Buriak


The same place today
The same place today Yuriy Buriak


Guardian place near the main entrance to the Corvey Castle
Guardian place near the main entrance to the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


A cute pot :)
A cute pot :) Yuriy Buriak


Restaurant of the Corvey Castle
Restaurant of the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


When you enter the room, a face appears on this man.
When you enter the room, a face appears on this man. Yuriy Buriak


And then the face starts speaking :)
And then the face starts speaking :) Yuriy Buriak


entral entrance to the Corvey Castle
entral entrance to the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Corridors of the Corvey Castle
Corridors of the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Designer must be executed
Designer must be executed Yuriy Buriak


Interiors of the Corvey Castle
Interiors of the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


The map shows the role of the castle in the Middle Ages.
The map shows the role of the castle in the Middle Ages. Yuriy Buriak


Museum rooms inside the Corvey Castle
Museum rooms inside the Corvey Castle Yuriy Buriak


Luxury rooms in the west wing of the castle
Luxury rooms in the west wing of the castle Yuriy Buriak


Pool? But no pockets :)
Pool? But no pockets :) Yuriy Buriak


Luxury rooms in the west wing of the castle
Luxury rooms in the west wing of the castle Yuriy Buriak


Drugstore
Drugstore Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: Take the train to Höxter Rathaus, then walk about 2 kilometers along the Weser river or Corveyer Allee.

Tags, Germany: castle, church

Tags, all countries: castle, church
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