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Campus Galli (DE)

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The project ‘Campus Galli’ started on June 22nd, 2013. In this project the nonprofit association ‘karolingische klosterstadt e.V.’ (Carolingian Monastic Town) makes the most famous architectural drawing of the middle ages become reality: the Plan of Saint Gall. Inspired by the construction of a medieval castle in Guédelon, France, carpenters and volunteers build a medieval monastery, solely with tools and methods as close as possible to those of the early middle ages.

Campus Galli is located in a forest close to the small town of Meßkirch in Baden­Württemberg, roughly 30 km north of the Lake of Constance. The site is closed for visitors during the winter months and open to the public from April 2nd ­ Charlemagne’s Birthday ­ until November 2nd.

The site has a size of 64 acres, of which the monastery itself will only take 19.8 acres. The rest will be remain as historically cultivated fields and forest.

Campus Galli is funded by the entrance fees of the visitors. The extraordinary project receives initial funding from the town of Meßkirch, the county of Sigmaringen and the European Union. Even before the construction started Campus Galli saw immense support from many sides. Foremost by the ‘Werkstättle Pfullendorf’, an initiative for long term unemployed people, sponsored by the European Social Fund (ESF). The project is also supported by carpenters, local businesses, and enthusiasts from Meßkirch and its surroundings, be it with know­how or their own hands’ work.

Campus Galli is also supported by a board of academic advisors, consisting not only of archeologists and historians but also scholars of media studies. The project offers scholars and researchers the possibility to work on the site and to conduct archeological experiments with the carpenters and workers of Campus Galli. Moreover, the projects is accompanied by the experienced film maker Reinhard Kungel, who creates a long term documentary about Campus Galli. Kungel has been making movie documentaries for a long time and also shot a movie on the castle construction in Guédelon.



Campus Galli
Hackenberg 92
­88605 Meßkirch
+49 7575 ­ 925 302