ARCHITECT, German
(active 770s in Lorsch)

Gate house

c. 774
Photo
Lorsch

The finest preserved example of a Carolingian exterior is the gate house of the former monastery at Lorsch. Erected around 774, presumably as a three-part triumphal gateway, it marked the boundary of the atrium of the church to the west.

The gate house look back historically to classical antiquity, but the facing of the wall with a colourful textile-like surface is Byzantine in conception.




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