In 2004, remnants of damaged medieval buildings were stacked neatly within the monastery's
rebuilt walls, awaiting restoration of the old Historisches Bibliothek and
medieval woadhouses that were hit by British bombs
in World War II.
(Woad is a plant that yields a blue dye when cured
with urine and dried on rooftops. Erfurt was famous for its woad dye until
cheaper indigo from the tropics made woad obsolete. Today, woad dye is again
being made by traditional methods in a nearby village.)