Corvey soon on “the world’s cultural map”

In Corvey, near Höxter, Foreign Minister Westerwelle was presented on 6 January with the application for the Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is the only surviving example of such an ensemble from the time of the Carolingian Empire.

Westerwelle promised to support the application. The site’s inclusion  on the World Heritage list would give it “considerable international standing and raise Germany’s profile as a country that values culture,” he said in a newspaper interview. Germany currently has 37 World Heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO list. Whether Corvey will be included in the list will be decided by the World Heritage Committee when it meets in Algier in June 2014.

Corvey is the only site for which the German Government will this year seek World Heritage status. If the application is successful, Höxter will soon be “a recognized name on the world’s cultural map,” the Minister noted. Putting the spotlight on Charlemagne – the “first European” – also reminds us how important it is to take the European idea further, he added.

Situated in the valley of the River Weser, the Benedictine abbey of Corvey was founded in 822 and became one of the most influential abbeys in the Carolingian Empire. The Westwork exemplifies a new type of church building developed during this period, namely, an imposing structure in its own right built at the western end of the basilica. The importance of the abbey is backed up by archaeological evidence as well as by the inscription “Civitas Corvey” found on a plaque dating back to Corvey’s founding years.

In Corvey Minister Westerwelle was presented with the application and signed the official letter forwarding it to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Last updated 05.01.2013

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