Photographer's Note

The last of my little vintage series "Eifel from above", taken on film from a Junkers Ju 52 WW II veteran whose rather big windows facilitate photography, but are also prone to produce nasty reflections.

Benedictine abbey Maria Laach, Sancta Maria ad Lacum, was founded in 1093 and finished in 1216. Its six-towered basilica shows a magnificent western entrance called "paradise", the only example which can be found north of the Alps. The basilica counts among the finest examples of romanesque style from the times of the Salian emperors.

The abbey is not only a religious centre bearing great importance for catholics and other christians as well, but also a centre of artisans, horticulture and bookprinting. It is also the site of an annual school on high energy physics.

Laacher See is the biggest among the Eifel maars, a volcanic caldera of 3.3 sqkm.

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 1 N: 802] (3820)
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