Monday, 12 September 2011
Postcard from Maulbronn
Founded in 1147, the Cistercian Maulbronn Monastery is considered the most complete and best-preserved medieval monastery complex north of the Alps. Surrounded by fortified walls, the main buildings were constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries. The monastery's church, built in the transitional Romanesque-Gothic style, had significant influence on the spread of Gothic architecture over much of northern and central Europe.
The water management system at Maulbronn, with its elaborate network of drains, irrigation canals and reservoirs, is exceptional. (from UNESCO's World Heritage List)
After Reformation Duke Christopher of Wuerttemberg established in 1556 a Protestant monastery school, which was converted into a Protestant theological seminary in 1807 and still exists today. Johannes Kepler, Friedrich Hoelderlin and Hermann Hesse studied there.
More informations: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Maulbronn_Monastery_complex?uselang=de
Martin painted and drew this atmospheric view in the shady depths outside of the fortified walls, looking at the monastry forge. And in contrast to some of his cards in the past, there was obviously a sunny day. As usual Martin made some funny remarks. This time they are about visitors at the place where he was working for this card. I'll quote his words in German because its difficult to translate. I'm sure you will find out the meaning yourselves.
Martin wrote: »Lieber Albrecht, ich gruesse Dich herzlich von den Untiefen des Maulbronner Klostergrabens. Rocky und Herrchen kommen auch vorbei. Rocky will mich fressen. Herrchen traegt Zopf, Hosentraeger und Schmerbauch. So geht ein beschaulicher Nachmittag zu Ende. Dein Martin«
Lieber Martin, vielen Dank für diese schoene Karte. Sie bekommt einen Ehrenplatz in meiner Mailart-Sammlung!
Posted by Albrecht Rissler at 12:00 pm