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A brief history of Quedlinburg

The town of Quedlinburg is known since at least the early 9th century, when a settlement known as Gross Orden existed at the eastern bank of the river Bode. In the year 922 the town Quedlinburg was mentioned in a document for the first time. Quedlinburg was at the heart of the East Franconian Empire at the time of the Saxon dynasty. The founder of the Saxon Dynasty, King Henry I, was buried on Castle-Hill at Quedlinburg Abbey, established by his wife Matilda in his honor. The more than a thousand year old Romanesque collegiate church St. Servatius towers over the city.

Quedlinburg anno 1000
Quedlinburg anno 1000

Quedlinburg became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1426. Quedlinburg Abbey frequently disputed the independence of Quedlinburg. In 1477 Quedlinburg was forced to leave the Hanseatic League. Both town and abbey converted to Lutheranism in 1539 during the Protestant Reformation. In 1697 Elector Frederick Augustus I of Saxony sold his rights to Quedlinburg to Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg. Quedlinburg Abbey contested Brandenburg-Prussia's claims throughout the 18th century, however. In 1802 the convent fell to the Prussian state, and the convent was closed down in its function. The last abbess left Quedlinburg. The town is famous for its architectural heritage of Romanesque and half-timbered buildings. Since 1992 Quedlinburg's old town has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site since.

Quedlinburg sights

Maurits with the Quedlinburger Stadtschloss
Maurits with the Quedlinburger Stadtschloss
Rene at the Kornmarkt
Rene at the Kornmarkt
Altstadt
Altstadt
Maurits at the Marktstrasse
Maurits at the Marktstrasse
Marktplatz
Marktplatz
House am Finkenherd
House am Finkenherd
Schlossberg
Schlossberg
St. Servatius church
St. Servatius church
Rene on the Schlossberg
Rene on the Schlossberg
View over Quedlinburg from the Schlossberg
View over Quedlinburg from the Schlossberg
Munzenberg
Münzenberg
View on Schlossberg from Munzenberg
View on Schlossberg from Münzenberg


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