My brother is a medievalist professor, which can be a dangerous thing if he spots his favorite Carolingian abbey while zipping along the autobahn in Germany. He yelled, “LORSCH!” and swerved towards the exit—I gripped my seat in terror. At least The Abbey of Lorsch and the town are absolutely lovely. The Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered one of the most important pre-Romanesque-Carolingian style buildings in Germany. The Abbey was founded in 764 AD and consecrated in 774 AD—Charlemagne was there! The library and scriptorium made Lorsch one of the cultural centers of Germany during the ninth century. The entrance to the abbey (what you see in the photographs) is considered one of the best examples of Carolingian architecture. It is a truly a beautifully preserved monument to the past.