Yes, Halberstadt had a hermitage, a place of contemplation - often called a hermitage.
In the western area of the Spiegelsberge Landscape Park, this place was probably built around 1772 for philosophical discussions - far away from the daily hustle and bustle, in tranquil peace and seclusion.
October 11, 2020
In the western part of the landscape park Spiegelsberge the hermitage was built around 1772. In hermitages or hermitages one usually had philosophical conversations, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, in peaceful contemplation and seclusion.
The year of construction is derived from a publication of the master builder Johann Christian Huth (1726 - 1804), in which he describes the use of lime mortar in the construction of a "40 foot high rough wall" ... "on the front of the evening facing" of the Hermitage. This could be the original architecture built over the existing cave system.
Previously it was assumed that the wall over the Hermitage was just a dummy. While researching the book "The Landscape Park Spiegelsberge - A piece of Halberstadt full of charm and oddities" Mr. Wolfgang Scheidt came across a previously neglected in this context passage in L.F.G. Goeckingk's book "Letters of a Traveler to Mr. Drost von LB" from the year 1778. It says: "At the end of the mountains, the owner had a few years ago still a building performed, in which a kind room, a few cubic meters and under the rocks, what it stands for, caves carved into the rock, studded with colored statues that deceived me even upon entry, that I considered them monks and nuns. " The Kratzenstein plan of 1788 confirms this description of Goeckingk. The Hermitage was probably demolished in the first half of the 19th century. The preserved underground part consists of a longitudinally oval pre- or main room with two Kaminni.
From this one arrives in an octagonal space, whose walls have semicircular niches. Next to it is a second room on a rectangular floor plan. All rooms are brick-vaulted and are partially illuminated by skylights or have vent openings for the fireplaces. From the actual entrance to this sequence of rooms, a stairway branches off at right angles and forms another entrance. In the vestibule are two torsos, which are probably to be regarded as remnants of the statues described by Goeckingk about 1778.
In front of the Hermitage there is a level space, which was probably extended at a later date by the construction of a retaining wall. Opposite the Hermitage was originally the entrance to a fenced fir forest. There, the statue of the hermit was set up, about the design and whereabouts of which there are no findings.
October 14, 2018
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