They do make them like they used to

March 30, 2012

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.

5 Responses to “They do make them like they used to”

  1. Janet Says:

    Heck, I’d like to just have the model.


  2. cburrell Says:

    Oh, me too! Though it is not as impressive as that model of Bag End that you found.

    I once had dinner with someone who had been on an archaeology vacation: essentially they volunteered their time to dig at an archaeological site. I think that would be pretty enjoyable — if I had a lot of vacation time and could also do something else — but working on a project like this one would be even better.

  3. Janet Says:

    Happy Easter!


  4. Janet Says:

    AMDG, of course.

  5. cburrell Says:

    Happy Easter to you as well!

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