Dragged Back to The Medieval

Limburg, 2018. I stood on the ground of the old gothic city with my friends, looking for Instagram-able spots, on a cold, rainy day. It did snow too, early in the morning. 

Limburg, 1235. What would it be like, if I stood on the ground of Limburg, in 1235 with my friends, on a cold, rainy day. It could’ve been snowy too, early in the morning. But definitely, we wouldn’t search for Instagram-able spots.

Classic medieval wooden houses crowded the hilly ground of the city. The church bell chimes as it carries melody through the tiny gaps between walls. The flow of the river brings life to its surrounding nature. Sometimes, there would be things that stays, even after years, decades, or centuries.

Being in Limburg makes me wonder, what was it like, to live in the Medieval. How did they keep themselves warm in winter, what did they do for entertainment, or even how did they wash and clean themselves? These questions clearly didn’t come up to me, the moment I was there, but the moment I looked at my friend’s photograph. 

The photographs, that my friend Ben, took was more than simple travel memories. It brought curiousity. So, I did a little tweak on a few photos that I thought as tweakable themselves. The photos dragged me back to the medieval. 


On the first paragraph, I mentioned the year 1235, why? My curiousity leads to researching of what was it really like from the beginning of Limburg itself until it became the town today. In 1235, Limburg was firstly recognized as a city. Seen on, (p.s. what you’re about to read is in german)

„Limburg hatte spätestens jetzt alle Merkmale einer Stadt: Markt, Siegel und Mauer. Das bis heute bedeutsamste Bauwerk wurde 1235 fertig gestellt: Die Stiftskirche, der heutige Dom mit dem Patronat St. Georg.“ 

If translated by Google:

„Limburg had all the characteristics of a city at the latest: market, seal and wall. The most significant building to date is completed in 1235: the collegiate church, today's cathedral with the patronage of St. George.“


If translated by me:

Limburg had then the appropriate categories to be recognized as a city; A city centre, seal, and wall. The today’s famous cathedral was finished in 1235.

Okay, that was not entirely correct, but you’ll get it ;)

Limburg is today still known as a catholic city, with its architecture still reflects the gothic style back then. Many of the old buildings are preserved, and the church stays pretty much the same. I also found this photo of the church back in 1800s and I made a comparison with the photo my friend Victor took for me.

It’s interesting to simply learn about history, when you’ve seen the place itself, when you can imagine and experience the euphoria at the same time. I hope from this trip, it’ll open more opportunities for me, for my curiosity, to be dragged back in time.

Maybe someday, someone would also write;

„Limburg, 2100I stood on the ground of the city, questioning myself, what did the people do here in 2018?


Arts that I’ve made:

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