In 1991, this ruined abbey in Lorsch was made a Unesco World Heritage Site. It was founded in 764, by Count Cancor and later given to Charlemagne who turned it into a Royal Abbey. The Köningshalle (King's Hall) is all that remains and is one of the rare examples of Carolingian architecture that is still standing. The Benedictine abbey was the centre of power, spirituality and culture in the Holy Roman Empire until the High Middle Ages and once housed one of the largest libraries of the Middle Ages. It was also a renowned healing place of its time with the Lorsch Pharmacopaeia, dating from the 8th C, as the beginning of modern medicine.
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