|Heinrich accepts the German crown. |
Stained glass window in Quedlinburg's town hall.
|Walking up the hill to the castle we passed the famous Finkenherd |
although other sources claim that the legendary site was in Fritzlar
|The Burgberg on the famous model of Quedlinburg in the Rathaus|
|Castle and church in the 19th century ...|
|... and today. Note the change of the spires of St. Servatius.|
In the following years Himmler ordered the clergy out of the abbey church and had its interior transformed into a sort of Germanic temple. When in the course of the transformation archeologists opened Henry's grave they found it empty. Himmler needed some good advice. At the end the SS defined some excavated old bones as those of the first Saxon king and interred them in a new sarcophagus bearing the inscription: Heinrich der Erste, der Deutschen König (Henry the First, King of the Germans).
|Quedlinburg's German temple in 1940 |
(©Fotoarchiv Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt)
|Today: St. Servatius "restored"|