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Celtic Tour: Celtic & Germanic Place of Worship near Niederdorla
In the open-air exhibition area of the Celtic and Germanic place of worship near Niederdorla you walk through the reed landscape of the moor to the
You see a
Germanic village that was reconstructed using 2000 year old tools and techniques.
The exhibition pavillon shows the history of the place of worship with
models and excavated objects.
The place of worship in the moor at Niederdorla was discovered by peat workers in 1957.
Altars, wood figures of the gods, human and animal sacrifices from the 6th century B.C.E. until the 7th century were excavated by the Weimar Museums for Pre- and Early History.
Celts considered the lake as a sacred place, Germanic tribes continued the tradition.
A Germanic settlement was found half a mile away.
Christian missionaries led by the Anglo-Saxon Bonifatius from Devonshire, replaced heathen traditions: Two medieval wooden churches were built on the edge of the moor.
Christianity became firmly established with the founding of the archdeaconate of Oberdorla.
Today, the former importance can still be noticed: The village greens of Oberdorla and Niederdorla are remarkable.
You see the figures of Saints Peter and Paul on top of the entrance of the church of Oberdorla. The Romanesque portal goes back to the 13th century.
In Niederdorla, you can stop at the village tavern of 1555.