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Pillars of Power, Imperial art of Mediaeval Germany

26 March 2021

6 days from £2,395pp

This is a one-off opportunity to explore Romanesque art and architecture of the Rhineland in a wider context. According to a 12th-century chronicler, the greatest power of the Empire” lies in the Rhine region.
In 1220 Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, the stupor mundi, was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. This date is the starting point for a special exhibition shown in Mainz dedicated to the “Emperors and their pillars of power – From Charlemagne to Frederick Barbarossa”. The exhibition highlights the Middle Rhine region as the setting for pivotal historical events visualised by seminal works of art dating from the 10th to the 13th century. This is a one-off opportunity to explore Romanesque art and architecture of the Rhineland in a wider context. According to a 12th-century chronicler, „the greatest power of the Empire” lies in the Rhine region, heartland of the empire since Carolingian days to which the impressive remains of the Carolingian abbey of Lorsch testify. With the rise of the Salian dynasty in 1027, three stunning cathedrals – Speyer, Worms, and Mainz – were erected along the Rhine to manifest imperial majesty and power. Mighty Speyer cathedral – built on an unprecedented scale – took the lead by becoming the new royal burial place. All three cathedrals, however, display the characteristics of Middle Rhenish Romanesque architecture: stone-vaulted basilicas with impressive silhouettes rich in spires, cylindrical turrets, and arcaded galleries. Architectural sculpture – fabulous beasts and demons, harrowing scenes of the Last Judgement as well as delicate foliage decoration – reaches a hitherto unknown dimension during the rule of the Hohenstaufen emperors in the 12th-century. The picture is supplemented by the cathedral of Limburg an der Lahn and the church of Our Lady in Gelnhausen which are fine examples of early 13th-century Hohenstaufen architectural achievements.

Your Accommodation

Hyatt Regency, Mainz

★★★★★
Overview
The five-star Hyatt Regency, is located along the Rhine River near Mainz Old Town. There are two restaurants, a terrace and a bar. The bedrooms included high-speed internet access, television, telephone, individual climate control, safe, coffee and tea making facilities and a mini bar.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Flat screen TV with satellite TV channels 
  • Individual climate control
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities