Kirchberg convent

Kirchberg, Germany

The Kirchberg convent is considered to be one of the most historically important religious buildings in Baden-Wuerttemberg. It also ranks as one of the oldest, having been built in the early 13th century, and one of the first female church houses in central Europe.

The Kirchberg monastery was a convent built in 1237, on the site of a former castle. In 1245 the monastery was recognised by Pope Innocent IV. Over roughly the same period, the number of nuns entering the convent went from around ten to sixty. This rise in the population of the convent can be credited in part to the apparent surge of 'religious awareness', with more women (of every class) wanting to live the life of a nun or at least one of piety in order to ensure that they remained spiritually healthy. The convent continued its religious work for the next 500 years, despite the many changes that occurred in the area. However, after a secularisation that occurred in 1806, the monastery was virtually condemned to disuse: the nuns that were there were allowed to remain for the rest of their lives, but no more were allowed to join. The last nun left the monastery in 1865.

Today, the monastery is used as any normal church house. It is the centre of the societies of the Berneuchen Movement.

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Founded: 1237
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Evelyn Kapson-Sauer (2 years ago)
Die 5
Nicki Le (2 years ago)
Ein wunderbarer Ort zum Entspannen, ob als Hausgast oder für Tagesausflüge, sehr empfehlenswert.
Andreas Sowa (3 years ago)
Stille...Einsamkeit...due Seele baumeln lassen...wo kann man das heute noch? Auf dem Kirchberg! Hier bist Du eins mit dir und der Natur. Diesen Ort kann ich guten Gewissens empfehlen. Probier es einfach mal!
Ulf-Gundo Sanders (3 years ago)
Für ein Wochenende bin ich mit dem Männerkreis der Gemeinde Lebenswerk aus dem Badischen Weingarten für ein Wochenende hier eingekehrt. Die Zimmer sind alle gut, die verschiedenen Tagungsangebote sehr gut und die gesamte Anlage ein Genuß. Das ausgesprochen freundliche Personal ist auch bereit auf individuelle Wünsche einzugehen. Es stehen auch Möglichkeiten für Einzelreisende zur Verfügung. Tolle Erfahrung. Kommen sicher und gerne wieder
Pauline Mireille Dada (4 years ago)
The place was very quiet and peaceful...
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