The former Cistercian monastery in Ebrach is a famous and popular destination. Having a wonderful and unique rose window, the Gothic church is one of the region’s great highlights, along with its Baroque monastic buildings.

Ebrach was probably the most important front post for the cultural and spiritual development of the regions west for Bamberg and the Steigerwald area. The abbey, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Nicholas, was founded in 1126 or 1127 in the bishopric of Würzburg by Conrad III of Germany, his consort Gertrude, who at her death in 1146 was buried here, and various Frankish nobles, including Berno and Richwin. It was settled by twelve monks from Morimond Abbey in Burgundy, under the first abbot, Adam of Ebrach.

This monastery was the third Cistercian abbey in Germany and the oldest and most important in Franconia. Sponsors and patrons of Ebrach abbey at that time were the prince bishops of Wuerzburg and the noblemen and patricians from the country and municipalities that surrounded the monastery. The great Franconian architects Leonhard Dientzenhofer, Josef Greising and Balthasar Neumann designed the Baroque grounds of the former Cistercian abbey. Luckily they maintained the Gothic church with its wonderful rose window.

In 1803 the monastery was secularized. The abbey church became the local parish church.



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Founded: 1126-1127
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Kristina (4 months ago)
It's a very beautiful church. I haven't met others like this before.
Tomas Wutzler (4 months ago)
Zum Kaisersaal gibt es täglich um 13:45 Uhr eine Führung für 2€, geleitet von einem freundlichen Justizvollzugsbeamten. Das Kloster ist inzwischen eine JVA für Jugendliche. Die Führung lohnt sich auf jeden Fall, ansonsten gibt es hier leider nicht viel zu sehen. Gebäude und Gartenanlagen werden aufgrund Geldmangel nicht gepflegt. Auch die Brunnen im Garten sind seit Jahren abgedeckt und werden nicht instandgehalten. Die Pfarrkirche Ebrach direkt nebenan ist jedoch sehr schön und kann täglich, außer 12-14 Uhr, besichtigt werden.
Anna Nazarenko (5 months ago)
Very very good !!!
Iris Findeis (6 months ago)
If no guided tour and inspection is possible, you should not find out about this in front of a closed door. The Kaisersaal could only be seen through the protective grille. Years later, the renovations are still not complete. Disappointing!!!
Lukdorf Reptilien (12 months ago)
Very impressive, if you have the opportunity to look into the hall, you should take advantage of it.
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