Maria Engelport Monastery lies in the sleepy valley of the Flaumbach, a tributary valley of the Mosel. It was founded three times during its history. The original foundation took place in 1220. According to the legend appeared to knight Emelrikus of Monreal, he lived near Treis-Karden in Fankel, two angels with burning candles and jingling bells as he was out hunting. At this place he built a church and a convent. Cistercians of the convent Klosterkumpd near Simmern were appointed to Engelport. Because of the bad living conditions, they soon moved back to their old convent.
The monastery was re-established in 1265. Count Philipp II. of Wildenburg near Treis founded the new convent. Premonstratensians which were under the control of abbey Steinfeld in the Eifel, moved in. In the Thirty Year’s War it was plundered and destroyed several times. In the year 1648 it was rebuilt. But in 1794 it was destroyed in the French revolutionary war. The nuns had to flee and were not able to come back. The majority of the building was torn down. Inside the present courtyard is reminiscent of the old church and the enclosure wall of the old convent.
Thanks to the efforts of reverend Haubrich of Pommern, the “Oblaten der Makellosen Jungfrau Maria” built the present monastery Maria Engelport on the old site in 1903. The government attached conditions to the permission of the rebuilding. Therefore the new monastery became a colonial school for the education of missionaries for the former German colony in South West Africa, today known as Namibia.References:
Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of 'prescribed cross' type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.
The fortress was established in the 4th century and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.