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Externsteine

August 16th, 2013


An impression of Externsteine, a mystical place near the village of Horn in North Rhine-Westphalia. This was a special discovery; a beautiful rock formation in the middle of the woods. The atmosphere was also very good, especially in the evening when the tourists went home. A place to return to and relax!
In the middle ages, the place was used by hermits and a small church was builtt in the 12th century in one of the caves. On picture 9 you can see a religious sculpture from the same era although researchers suspect that parts of it have been made much earlier. There are even traces of human use in prehistoric times. You can read more on this page (in Dutch).
Since the last century, partly because of the interest of the Nazis, It has become a kind of pilgrimage- annex cult place. Every year thousands of people still visit to celebrate the Solstice.
I've met several interesting people who regularly come to visit or live in the surrounding forests and more or less have turned their backs on society. They use the place to meet, to discuss, to make music etc. On pictures 12,13,14 and 15 you see Michael respectively, Rene, Ruud and Bear.

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