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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Je oller desto toller Steinhäuser-Kux (2 years ago)
Unfortunately, the gardens are ... wild gardens instead of herb gardens and co ... as the name Wildgarten already says ... everything is overgrown .... no more herbs to see :( sad as well as neglected
Bellator Fortis (3 years ago)
Spectacular, unique and fantastically beautiful ..... That must have seen, a top recommendation. Very easy to reach, plenty of parking, restaurants and cafes are within walking distance within a few minutes.
Monique Peters (3 years ago)
When we were there it didn't seem to be an abbey but a youth detention center ...
Eliane Camargo (3 years ago)
Não entrei no museu, fui no Jardim e na igreja que por sinal é maravilhosa
leontien en arne hartkamp (3 years ago)
Very very beautiful. Very kindly received. Well worth it.
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