Maria Laach (Saint Mary's at the Lake) is a very old abbey built from 1093 to the 13th century in romanic style. Later gothic and baroque elements were added. It is situated in the so called volcanic Eifel south of Cologne. In WW II it was the hiding place of Cologne's from the Nazis displaced mayor Konrad Adenauer the later first chancellor of Germany. The area is the last volcanic area in central Europe with heavy eruptions 13,000 years ago. The many little circular lakes are volcanic slots. The area is also well known for it's famous Formula 1 race track Nuerburgring. Copyright by Rudi Prott, Munich.
August 24th, 2014
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