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Externsteine Rocks,
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[German Version]

originally a Benedictine rock sanctuary at the southern end of the Teutoburg Forest. It was a replica of Golgotha in Jerusalem, with chapels for the discovery of the cross (dedicatory inscription of 1115) and the exaltation of the cross, a tomb high in the rock and a tomb at the base (Holy Sepulchre). There is a Roman monumental relief of the removal from the cross (24m2), and further, a relief with Adam and Eve. After the Lippe Reform (1538), it was no longer used for worship. Since 1810, it has been a historic monument.


W. Matthes & R. Speckner, Das Re…

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Koch, Guntram, “Externsteine Rocks,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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