Marienmünster Abbey Church

Marienmünster, Germany

Marienmünster is well known for the former Marienmünster Abbey Church with its organ, which is well worth seeing and hearing. Marienmünster Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery, dissolved in 1803. Founded in 1127, the monastery reached its peak in the 12th and 13th centuries. During the Thirty Years' War, the monastery and the church were badly damaged and had to be rebuilt from 1661 onwards. From 1965 to 2014, Passionists lived there and pastored the surrounding parishes.




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Founded: 1127
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Carrie Harnish (9 months ago)
Beautiful church
monika (10 months ago)
The abbey church of st Marienmünster is from the outside a Romanesque building. The interior is baroque. Around the church there are a garden and several buildings. Parking is easy. There are clean toilets. Take a walk on the premises and also take a look at and when open in the Besucherszentrum Forum Abtei. Peaceful and pretty.
Nigel Richardson (5 years ago)
a beautiful church in great surroundings
gecko (6 years ago)
St. Jacob's Abbey Church of Marienmünster used to be a vital centers in the early Middle Ages. Its mission: to christianize pagan Saxony. Once defeated the Saxonians a thousand years ago, Emperor Charlemagne laid the foundations for future Christiandom in the new provinces by a great number of monasteries such as Corvey, Bursfelde, or Marienmunster. That splendid abbey even went all tribulations of the Thirty Years' War on to our days.
Matthew Reeve (6 years ago)
Brilliant preserved Abbey near the village of Marienmünster, halfway between Detmold and Höxter. It's conveniently next to a good road and has good parking or bus facilities as well as well maintained hiking trails, one of which leads to a nice viewing tower a few Kilometres walk away. The Abbey itself is a collection of buildings around the main Church. The buildings have been preserved for the most part, with some modernised (the concert hall being the most prominent) but the aura has been kept and it remains picturesque. There is a small garden area that visitors can walk through and a bee keeping area. There's a restaurant occupying one of the old buildings with a beer garden that seemed reasonable, although I've never had anything there. It's possible to spend an hour or two taking in the atmosphere and walking through. When I visited we had the entire place to ourselves, but even in the summer not many tourists visit, making it a great place to spend some time away from crowds. I'd absolutely recommend visiting this delightful abbey for a pleasant, calming day.
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