Die frühen Klosterbauten der Reichenau
Ausgrabungen - Schriftquellen - St. Galler KlosterplanArchäologie und Geschichte – Freiburger Forschungen zum ersten Jahrtausend in Südwestdeutschland
Reichenau Monastery, founded in 724 by Bishop Pirmin, developed into a important sanctuary in the Franconian Empire during the eighth century. Equipped with a famous library and a well-known school, the Augia was one of the outstanding spiritual centers in early medieval Europe. Alfons Zettler has reconstructed the early architectural history of the monastery in years of research. His research draws from many written and pictorial sources. The focus, however, is the archaeological observations made by the author from 1970 to 1984 on site. In detail, he discusses the development of farm buildings, residential tracts and churches of the monastery district on the basis of the excavation findings. Maps, plans, historical views and photographs accompany the text. An appendix contains excavation documentation and remarks by Helmut Schlichterle on the prehistoric settlement of the monastery square. The book conveys important findings of modern medieval archeology and gives a fascinating insight into the everyday life of an early medieval monastic community.