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date: 28 January 2020



City in Saxony-Anhalt, north-central Germany, and capital of Harz. Although badly damaged in World War II it still has remnants of the medieval period, including St Stephan’s Cathedral (13th century) and the Liebfrauenkirche (12th century). Halberstadt is known for three important locally made tapestries: Abraham and Isaac (c. 1150), which is the earliest surviving large-scale European wall tapestry, the Apostles tapestry of c. 1170–75, and the Charlemagne of the 1230s (all Halberstadt Cathedral, Treasury). The earliest northern European knotted carpets were made in the same region. A rare surviving example (Quedlinburg, Domschatz) was made by the nuns of the Quedlinburg convent and donated c. 1200.

See also Germany, Federal Republic of §XI 4..

A. Erler: Der Halberstädter Karls- oder Philosophenteppich (Frankfurt am Main, 1989) G. Leopold: ‘Die ehemaligen Lattner des 13. Jahrhunderts im Dom und in der Liebfrauenkirche in Halberstadt’, Sber. Kstgesch. Ges. Berlin, vol. 40 (1991–2), pp. 8–9...

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