Some Romanesque Churches at the Weser
The first one is in a village called Vernawahlshausen (not only Wales has long names), built in early Romanesque style about 1100. It's a simple, rectangular building with no aisles. The half timbered tower was added in 1744.
Village Church Vernawahlshausen
When the chuch underwent restoration work in 1955, some Gothic and Romanesque mural paintings were discovered which the Landgrave Moritz of Hessen, a stout Calvinist, had covered with a layer of white paint in the 17th century. Descent from the Cross, Romanesque mural
The next one is the Abbey Church in Lippoldsberg. It was built in a more elaborate design, a nave and aisles basilica style church with transept, choir and apsis; finished about 1150. The material used was yellow-grey sandstone, and the exterior has undergone major sandblast cleaning last year. Abbey Church Lippoldsberg
The abbey at Lippoldsberg played an important role in the 12th century and held a famous library.
Lippoldsberg is the first Romanesque church in northern Germany to have been built completely using a cross-grain vault structure. In other churches from the time, cross grain was used partly, while other parts had a wooden cassette ceiling. The Nuns' Crypt in Lippoldsberg
This one is interesting, because it's not an underground crypt like in most Mediaeval churches, but a so called high crypt which is distinguished from the main nave by its lower vaults. The nuns' gallery from where they participated in the service is above the crypt.
Major restoration work is going on inside, so I could not take a decent pic of the naves; they're stuffed with scaffoldings and other building materials. But I'm glad this treasure will regain its former beauty.