The site is located along the Weser River on the
outskirts of Höxter where the Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey
were erected between AD 822 and 885 in a largely preserved rural
setting. The Westwork is the only standing structure that dates back to
the Carolingian era, while the original imperial abbey complex is
preserved as archaeological remains that are only partially excavated.
The Westwork of Corvey uniquely illustrates one of the most important
Carolingian architectural expressions. It is a genuine creation of this
period, and its architectural articulation and decoration clearly
illustrate the role played within the Frankish empire by imperial
monasteries in securing territorial control and administration, as well
as the propagation of Christianity and the Carolingian cultural and
political order throughout Europe.