Here is a fascinating project: an attempt to build a monastery using the tools and techniques of the 9th century —
Beginning in 2013, a Carolingian monastery town will be built here using only the materials and techniques of the 9th century. From the mortar to the walls, the rain jackets to the menu, every aspect of the operation will be carried out as just as it was in the days of Charlemagne. “We want to work as authentically as possible,” says Geurten.
The building contractor from the Rhineland region has long dreamt of carrying out his plan. When he was a teenager, the now 62-year-old was inspired by a model of the St. Gallen monastery plan in an exhibition in his home city of Aachen.
The photos accompanying the story are well worth seeing. The project is expected to take about 35 years to complete, with contributions from scholars, contractors, and volunteers. I would love to give a few weeks of my time to help with a project like this, but, my handyman skills being what they are, I’m afraid I’d ruin the whole thing.
Here’s hoping they can find some monks to move in when they’re done.