Imperial Abbey of Corvey

Imperial Abbey of Corvey

Date 873-85

Movement Early Medieval | Carolingian

Located at Corvey, Germany

 

Upper stories of this structure were added in 1146, though the westwork retains much of its original form. As with most westworks, the one here helps to accommodate a grand entrance to the church itself; it appears powerful and sturdy, with the help of smooth planes and simple geometric devices. The galleries of the westwork here would have accommodated the boys choir, allowing their voices to fill the church beyond and below.