"Pillars of Power - Medieval Palaces and the Travel Routes of Emperors"
The city of Ingelheim, Research Center Kaiserpfalz, presents medieval rulers on the Rhine as part of the Mainz State Exhibition
Ingelheim, 9.9.2020 - 18.4.2021
Columns have always been part of stately architecture. They have symbolized power since ancient times and are still a symbol of power and wealth. Not only town halls and theaters from the 19th and 20th centuries are framed by them, they can also be found on new government buildings, such as the Federal Chancellery built in 2001, even if it now appears simple and modern.
The exhibition “Pillars of Power - Medieval Palaces and the Travel Routes of Emperors” in Ingelheim is also dedicated to the architecture of the rulers. It is a correspondence exhibition for the exhibition “The Emperors and the Pillars of their Power”, which will be on view in the Landesmuseum Mainz from 9 September. From Charlemagne to Friedrich Barbarossa, the area on the Rhine is seen as the central location of historical events. Following this, the Kaiserpfalz Research Center will present seven rulers on the Rhine, namely Frankfurt, Gelnhausen, Trifels, Kaiserslautern, Oppenheim, Seligenstadt and Ingelheim.
While the exhibition title “Pillars of Power” in Mainz is understood metaphorically, the presentation of the research center Kaiserpfalz in Ingelheim sees it as a leitmotif for the content and a central element of the design. With the pillar as a popular symbol of power, visitors to the multi-part exhibition “Pillars of Power - Medieval Palaces and the Travel Routes of Emperors” are taken back to the Middle Ages - an era in which the representation and staging of rulership in architecture was particularly important.
True-to-scale reconstructions in the monument of the imperial palace in Ingelheim show what a medieval rulership looked like. Replicas of a large-scale wall painting in the Aula regia as well as the accessible reconstruction of a patterned floor made of marble slabs (Opus sectile) at Heidesheimer Tor give an impression of the former splendor of the Carolingian palace complex, which impresses with its wealth of colors and shapes. The column as a leitmotif is set up in the monument on a 1: 1 scale. For this purpose, not only the shaft of the column, but also the ornate capital on top will be reconstructed, so that the column can be experienced in its original size and decoration. The monument in Ingelheim is thus staged as an authentic place and takes visitors back to a time when the king and his often huge court stopped in Ingelheim to meet with the mighty of the empire.
In order to anchor the visual impressions in the monument of the imperial palace, an illustrated special signage leads through the archaeological zone, which offers vivid and interesting background information about the Palatinate of the early and high Middle Ages. Ingelheim is considered to be one of the best-researched examples of these epochs.
In addition to this open-air presentation in the monument area, another part of the exhibition will be on view in the Ingelheim wine cellar. Since the renovation, the tourist information office, the Ingelheim winemaker's vinotheque and a restaurant have been located there. With its successful mixture of historical architecture and modern, sun-drenched ambience, the wine cellar is perfect for an informal viewing of the presentation. The seven named rulers are presented here. Illustrated short portraits provide exciting background information and information about the archeology and architectural history of the former rulers. Current, artistic photographs show the ruins and invite you to visit them on site.
You can get an impression of the palace complex of Charlemagne in the monument area in Ingelheim on a guided tour or on a self-guided tour. The open-air exhibition allows a visit under the hygienic conditions during the corona pandemic. The presentation in the wine cellar will also ensure the hygiene measures and distance regulations that were in effect until then. The presentation in the wine cellar also guarantees the hygiene measures and distance regulations that were in effect until then.
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