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This page offers you audioguided tours in the Thuringian monuments of Monastery Veßra, Museum Creuzburg, Paulinzella and St. Nikolai Eisenach for free download.

Please open the index card "Audioguide" below the descriptions of the monuments.

 

 

The production of the audio guides as well as the esablishment of the download portal has been financially supported by the project CrossCulTour. CrossCulTour has been implemented within the scope of the Central Europe-Programme and co-finacned by the EFRE. Further information on CrossCulTour can be found here.

 


Monastery Ruins - Paulinzella


Even Goethe and Schiller were impressed by the Benedictine monastery of Paulinzella. The ensemble of the 12th century was closed during the reformation period. Later it served as a hunting domicile. Until today the building complex has not lost anything of its charm.

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    • 00 Intro Transromanica

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    • 00 en Paulinzella welcome

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    • 01 en Paulinzella gottesdienst

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    • 02 en Paulinzella vorkirche

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    • 03 en Paulinzella h bautradition

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    • 04 en Paulinzella westportal

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    • 05 en Paulinzella langhaus

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    • 06 en Paulinzella grabplatten

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Veßra Monastery - Veßra


The former Premonstratensian monastery of Vessra in the centre of the Henneberger Land is one of the few medieval monastery complexes in Thuringia with such a comprehensively pre-served amount of former monastery and service buildings. The private monastery of the Counts of Henneberg developed into the most important monastic establishment in south Thuringia. It served as a burial place for the Henneberg family, as a provisions establishment for individual relatives and as a training centre for scribes and officials.

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    • A fascinating Journey through the Middle Ages and the Beginnings of Europe

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    • 1 Welcome to Vessra
      Welcome to Veßra Abbey, a former monastery of Premonstratensian canons and now home of the Hennebergisches Museum. On your entrance ticket of the museum, you will find a small map with indicated numbers. Please go to No 44 to start with the audioguided tour.
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    • 2 St Erhard - the Torkirche at the Abbey Gates
      The Torkirche, or St Erhard church at the outer gate of the monastery, is constructed in a way typical for smaller village churches. Please go to No. 13 on your map.
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    • 3 Husbandry in the Monastic Community
      The Abbey walls surround a total area of six hectares, that is, 60,000 square meters, equaling the size of a small medieval city. Please stay near to No. 13 on your map.
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    • 5 Building History and Facade
      An unadorned tower-like construction must have formed the west front of the building when the monastery church was consecrated in 1138. Please stay in front of No. 2 on your map.
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    • 6 Architecture of the entrance Vestibule and Mr Schinkel_2
      From here, you can look into the interior of the church, which suffered the same fate of many Catholic places of worship after the Reformation - they were used as farmsteads. Please stay near to No. 2 on your map.
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    • 7 Ruin of the Monastery Church St Mary
      Even if the large monastery church St. Mary’s has only survived as a ruin after the inferno of 1939, this still gives us a good impression of what the building formerly looked like. Please go to No. 1 on your map.
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    • 8 Recognizable Architectural Influences in the Ruin
      The Veßra monastery church St Mary’s has unique significance for the history of architecture in the dominions of the Henneberg line. Please stay near No. 1 on your map.
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    • 9 The South Chapel – Astronomy and Cult
      The south chapel is adjoined to the southern transept, that is, the right wing. Please go to No. 3 on your map.
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    • 10 The Henneberg Chapel
      The Henneberg Chapel is an extension of the northern transept of the church ruin. Please go to No. 23 on your map.
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    • 11 The Royal Tomb
      The fate of Wilhelm and Margaretha, Count and Countess of Henne-berg, deeply moved their 15th-century contemporaries. Please stay near No. 23 on your map.
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    • 12 Providing for the Monastery and Lay Monks
      Lay brothers or conversi were part of the monastic family and, al-though they were not ordained, lived in the monastery. Please go to No. 5 on your map.
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    • 13 The Cloisters
      The cloisters, a secluded monastery courtyard, presents the center of the Abbey complex. Please stay near No. 5 on your map.
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    • 14 The Monastery around 1500
      The building housing the small exhibition on the history of the monas-tery was constructed on the remains of the ambulatory in the cloisters around 1790. Please go to No. 4 on your map.
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    • 15 The Henneberg Chapel_behind
      Today the outer walls of the Henneberg chapel have been rendered with light-colored plaster. Please go to the backside of No. 23 on your map.
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    • 16 The Monastery Garden
      The monastery garden exists again since 1978. Please go to No. 20 on your map.
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Creuzburg Castle - Creuzburg (Wartburg district)


Goethe himself travelled to this Romanesque curtain wall castle. Today, apart from the well-preserved castle complex, also a museum, a pottery, the well-kept castle garden and the annual night of culture attract numerous guests.

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    • 00 Intro Transromanica

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    • 01 en Creuzburg historical background

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    • 02 en Creuzburg linden tree

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    • 03 en Creuzburg castle well

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    • 04 en Creuzburg south pavilion

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    • 05 en Creuzburg apartment

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    • 06 en Creuzburg tapestry

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    • 07 en Creuzburg keep

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    • 08 en Creuzburg private residence

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    • 09 en Creuzburg after war

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    • 10 en Creuzburg upper platform

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    • 11 en Creuzburg view chapel

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    • 12 en Creuzburg view fortifications

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    • 13 en Creuzburg nicolas church

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    • 14 en Creuzburg ludovingian rule

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    • 15 en Creuzburg after ludovingians

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    • 16 en Creuzburg late middle ages

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    • 17 en Creuzburg province

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    • 18 en Creuzburg jurisdiction

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    • 19 en Creuzburg michael praetorius goodbye

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Protestant Parish Church of St. Nikolai - Eisenach


Numerous artistic analogies lead us to assume that the interior design of St Nikolai was created by the same stonemasons who worked on the great hall of the Wartburg. The church was reconstructed several times in the course of the centuries as well as renovated (not always historically accurate). The interior was only properly renovated between 1968 and 1971.

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    • 1 Welcome!
      Welcome to St. Nicholas’ church in Eisenach! Before you begin the tour, we would like to give you a brief outline of the building’s history. Please make yourself comfortable on one of the church’s benches while we do so, and then you will have a little time to gain an impres-sion of the building's interior.
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    • 2 The Arcades
      The arcades of simple semi-circular arches flanking the nave still stem from the 12th-century construction period of the church. The arches are rhythmically structured by alternating supports of columns and piers. However, this church offers more than the classical alter-nating support system; it is much more elaborate with each pair of supports displaying an individual shape.
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    • 3 The Capitals
      The capital on the column to the south-east represents the mythologi-cal griffin or a dragon and masks of demons on its corners. Two other columns are fitted out with capitals made of strongly bulging sculpted leaves, which are very typical for the Romanesque period. The capital of the fourth column has three half-round shields on each side that could easily be taken for half-rosettes.
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    • 4 The Altar, Baptismal Font, Pulpit, Lectern, and Crucifix
      The chancel is in the eastern part of the church and terminated by the semicircular recess of the apse crowned with a hemispherical vault. An annex has been connected south of the chancel; it is a se-micircular vaulted niche situated directly under the church-tower. No such niche is to be found at the end of the northern aisle.
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    • 5 The Organ and Organ-Gallery
      The organ gallery was built 1893 and extends over the bay formed by the first pair of arches at the west end of the nave. The organ was restored in 1937/38 under the supervision of the state director for church music Erhard Mauersberger. The Walckert compa-ny from Ludwigsburg undertook this task.
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    • 6 The Bells – Goodbye!
      St. Nicholas has three bells: the Sunday bell, the Mission bell, and the Welfare Bell. The Sunday bell, weighing 1100 kilograms, is the largest of the three with a diameter of 125 centimetres. It strikes in tone F. A scene of the people of Israel at Mount Sinai is depicted on the cope of the bell together with a crucifix. The bell has a diamond-fret molding on its rim and also an inscription. Translated from Latin it reads: “As a bell I never ring to announce vain things. Instead I praise the true God, call the congregation, and gather the clergy together.” ANNO DOMINO 1601 “I was melted by fire. And cast by Hermann Konigk of Erfurt.”
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