North wing exterior façade

The demolition of dilapidated buildings in 2011 enabled archaeologists to examine the now exposed façade of the north wing more closely. This was built during the Carolingian foundation phase of the Ingelheim palace. The building block with a length of around 60 metres and a depth of eleven metres may have been used as a residential wing. Today, the renovated façade of the north wing can be viewed in the monument area. Two arched embrasures in the wall date back to the 12th century, when the palace was converted into a fortified defence system. They are therefore evidence of building activities in the Palatinate in the High Middle Ages.

In front of the north wing, archaeological investigations in 2011-2012 uncovered the foundations of an alcove. This ground-level balcony with a view of the Rhine served representational purposes. To emphasise its location, the balcony is now walled up. In the monument area, visitors can learn more about the north wing with the help of text and picture panels. There is also a bronze tactile model by metal sculptor Egbert Broerken. It illustrates the overlapping of the medieval palace structure with today’s residential area. This illustrates how the modern buildings have repeatedly followed the historic layout of the palace.

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