Collegiate Church, Castle, and Old Town of Quedlinburg (1994)
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Quedlinburg, in the Land of Sachsen-Anhalt, was a capital of the East Franconian German Empire at the time of the Saxonian-Ottonian ruling dynasty. It has been a prosperous trading town since the Middle Ages. The number and high quality of the timber-framed buildings make Quedlinburg an exceptional example of a medieval European town. The Collegiate Church of St Servatius is one of the masterpieces of Romanesque architecture. 

German Democratic Republic 1978. Quedlinburg.

German Federal Republic 1994. 1000th city anniversary of Quedlinburg.

The two German stamps picturing Quedlinburg give a a rather nice impression of this small town, that are typical for Central Germany. 
  • German Democratic Republic 1978. Half-timbered city-house in Quedlinburg. The stamp is part of a set of five stamps from different Saxonian cities of the same type. 
  • German Federal Republic 1974. Quedlinburg's 1000th city anniversary, with the Church of St. Servatius overlooking the town. In the upper right corner is the city's coat-of-arms. 

St. Vincent of the Grenadines 1997. 50th Anniversary of UNESCO. Quedlinburg, Germany.

Here is another sheet from St. Vincent of the Grenadines, totally dedicated to Quedlinburg. This medieval German town must be exotic beyond all limits to people in the Caribbeans :-)

St. Vincent of the Grenadines 1996. Souvenir sheet. 50th Anniversary of UNESCO. Various views of Quedlinburg, Germany.

The city of Quedlinburg has existed since at least the early ninth century, when a settlement known as Gross Orden existed at the eastern bank of the river Bode. As such the city is first mentioned in 922, as part of a donation by Henry the Fowler. The records of this donation were collected at the abbey of Corvey. 

After Henry's death in 936, his widow St Mathilde founded a women's convent on what's called "Castle Hill" today, where daughters of the higher nobility were educated. The main task of this convent was to pray for the memory of King Henry and the rulers that came after him. The first abbess of the convent was Mathilde, granddaughter of Henry and St Mathilde.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Germany (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Germany for further information about such sites. 

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