Language variant : St. Michael Church
Architect : Bernward von Hildesheim (founder)
Completion: 1033 (consecration)
Locality : Hildesheim
Country : Germany
Building style : Pre-Romanesque
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“The church of St. Michael at Hildesheim (begun ca. 1001) may take its place as a fitting coda to the Carolingian / Ottonian story, for it looks back rather than forward, inspired by the same classical ideals as those of Charlemagne.” Like Gernrode abbey church in Germany, its basilican nave alternates columns and piers and it has a large ‘westwork’, or large tower-like structure at the west end.
“Its builder, Bishop Bernward, tutor to Otto III, had been several times to Rome. Two of the works he commissioned for his church were clearly based on classical models—the bronze doors with biblical reliefs (the first to be cast in one piece since the end of the Roman Empire), and a bronze column illustrating the life of Christ, modelled, on a small scale, on the Column of Trajan. (Both have since been moved to Hildesheim Cathedral.)”
Sutton, Ian: Western Architecture, A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present, Thames and Hudson, London 1999, pp. 41–43.
Ed. Heikki Nikkinen