THE highlight of the whole region is the former imperial abbey and residence Corvey. Founded in 822 as a Benedictine Order, it mutated in 1834 to the castle and has since been owned by the ducal family of Ribera. For a visit to the world heritage site you should bring time. The proposal for a "short program" would be a visit to the former monastery church, today the Catholic parish church of St. Stephen and Vitus.
Corvey is a former imperial Benedictine abbey on the Weser River in today's Höxter district of North Rhine-Westphalia. Corvey was an important Carolingian monastery, with one of the country's most valuable libraries, and numerous bishops emerged from the abbey. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the abbey became a cultural, spiritual and economic center in the Saxon region. After a period of crisis, Corvey became a reform monastery in the 11th century. Later, it established a closed territory as a "ceremonial and princely pen Corvey", but lost importance in the late Middle Ages. Corvey belonged in the early modern times to the Lower Rhine-Westphalian imperial circle. The abbot had a virility vote in the Reichsfürstenrat.The consequences of the Thirty Years War were life threatening. From the late 17th century, however, was the reconstruction of the church and the monastery building in the style of the Baroque. In the following period, the abbey lost again in importance and attraction. In 1792, the monastery was therefore converted to a personal endeavor into a prince-bishopric. Already in 1803, the territorial independence was abolished by the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss, but the diocese remained until 1825 exist. In 1820 Corvey came into the possession of Landgrave Viktor Amadeus of Hesse-Rotenburg. This inherited his extra-Hessian possessions Corvey and Ratibor to his nephew Victor, the heir to Hohenlohe-Schilling's prince. Victor assumed the title of Duke of Racibórz and Prince of Corvey in 1840, renouncing his Schillingsfürth inheritance. Since then, the family has been responsible for Corvey.Historically, the Carolingian Westwerk with its frescoes from the 9th century is of importance. The former abbey church is a monument of baroque equipment. In the cemetery next to the church is the grave of the poet of the German national anthem, Hoffmann von Fallersleben. Inside the castle, the Emperor's Hall, the ducal salons and the Princely Library with about 74,000 volumes can be visited.UNESCO awarded Corvey World Heritage status in June 2014. In today's castle, the Duke, together with the city and the district, has set up a museum with a cultural program of events including concerts and exhibitions.
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