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Paulinerkirche / St. Paul's Church.

The Pauliner Church once belonged to a Dominican monastery founded in 1294. The building fits the architectural tradition of the mendicant order and the Gothic style.

After secularization in the sixteenth century, a high school was established in the former Dominican monastery with the church as library. It soon enjoyed a national reputation. The school formed the heart of what became the university (founded in 1737) and its library (already founded in 1734).

Famous individuals such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, and the Brothers Grimm used the library.

During the Second World War, the Pauliner Church was bombed, one of the few buildings in Göttingen to suffer that fate. After it was reconstructed, the book hall was first set up as the largest lecture hall. Later it was used to house the Central Library Catalogue of Lower Saxony. Since the Göttingen State and University Library moved into its new building in 1992, the church has been used as an exhibition room, and some of the old vellums are still kept there.
It would be beautiful . . . but why did they have to put that army of grade school straight-backed wooden chairs in there? Strange!
Because they still hold lectures in there sometimes.

But I agree, they could have found prettier chairs.
How beautiful!
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK and other places, with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)