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"Remains of ancient church found"
Remains of ancient church found
trefwoorden: Magdenburg - Duitsland - Kathedraal - 9e eeuw
Archaelogists have unearthed the remains of a giant cathedral in eastern Germany known to have been built by Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great in the 10th Century.
"This is one of the most important finds on the history of the early Middle Ages in Europe," said dig leader Rainer Kuhn of the State Office for Archeology in Magdenburg.
The researchers uncovered a stone crypt last week, and closer analysis confirmed their hunch that the grave site might be part of Otto the Great's cathedral, which a millennium ago was one of Europe's most opulent churches.
Laden with Italian marble, glass mosaic stones and glazed wall tiles – remains of which were all found at the site – the romanesque cathedral was as extraordinary in its beauty as in its size.
"It was the largest house of worship north of the Alps apart from the Cologne Cathedral," said Kuhn, adding that it was believed to have measured 80 metres long and 60 metres high.
Historian Babette Ludowici said the discovery in Magdenburg could lead to a rewriting of the early days of the Holy Roman Empire, a loose federation of peoples ruled by a Christian dynasty that aspired to the glory of the Roman Empire.
Foundation stones have just been discovered and are believed to have been part of the western wing of the church, construction of which began in 955. The Cathedral of Magdenburg was dedicated in 968.
It was Otto the Great's final resting place, but was destroyed by fire in 1207. It was replaced in 1209 by the gothic Magdenburg Cathedral.
It had been believed the ancient church was on the same site as today's cathedral, but the recent finds now put the site 50 metres to the south.
bron: Herald Sun, 4 juni 2003