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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Daniela R. (2 years ago)
Tolles Kloster mit schöner Anlage. Hier kann man einen schönen Ausflugstag verbringen und die Klsteranlage samt Umgebung besichtigen.
Thomas Eideloth (2 years ago)
Schöner Knast
Bernhard Prokop (2 years ago)
Sehr schön.
Conrado33 (2 years ago)
Sehenswerte und aussergewöhnlich schöne Klosteranlage. Hier findet alljährlich der Ebracher Musiksommer statt, Ohrenschmaus auf höchstem Niveau.
Elena Grintschuk (2 years ago)
Ein mal hinfahren reicht. Die Führung dauert 1stunde- zu lange! Meine Gäste werde ich nicht dort hin fahren.
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