Donauwörth Abbey

Donauwörth, Germany

The Holy Cross Abbey in Donauwörth was founded around 1040 by Mangold I von Werd as a Benedictine convent. In the early 12th century the convent moved to the western edge of the city to the highest point insode the city walls. After buildings were damaged during the Thirty Years' War, the abbey church wa rebuilt. In 1770-1780 it was expanded to the Rococo style.

The monastery was dissolved in 1803. The church remained as a parish church. At the beginning of the fifth coalition war (1809) resided Napoléon Bonaparte for several days in the Prelature of the dissolved monastery. The 'Napoleon Room' still exists. In 1935 the Holy Cross Abbey returned to religious use.

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Founded: c. 1040
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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