Knechsteden Abbey

Dormagen, Germany

Knechsteden Abbey is a former Premonstratensian abbey in Dormagen, since the 1890s a house of the Spiritans. It was founded in 1130, and in 1138 building began on the church, which was created a basilica minor in 1974.



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Founded: 1130
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Otakar Urban (2 years ago)
Angelika Cimino (2 years ago)
Jederzeit einen Besuch wert. Spielplatz für die Kinder und kl. Läden zum Stöbern. Ein schönes Gartenlokal ist in der Nähe. Es gibt dort kleine und auch große Gerichte. Kaffee und Kuchen. Sehr lecker!
S. Hopp (2 years ago)
Sehr schönes Kloster in toller Umgebung. Hier gibt es im Frühling und Sommer schöne Events wie Pflanzentreffen. Der Wald Drumherum ist sehr schön und ein toller Ort zum spazieren gehen.
Sonja S. (3 years ago)
Schauen gerne mal vorbei, wenn wir in der Gegend sind. Dennoch gehört dieser Ort nicht zu denen im Rheinland, die man unbedingt gesehen haben muss. Die Krippe zu Weihnachten ist ja immer ganz gut gestaltet und auch sehenswert. Die Ausstellung mit den ausgestopften Tieren in einem Nebenraum ist echt das Allerletzte. Zeugt nicht gerade von Achtung vor der Kreatur!
Roisin Berghaus (4 years ago)
Calm and vast, this is a great place to stop by during an afternoon bike tour or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. There's a great restaurant with a Biergarten, a fair trade gift shop, a herb garden and plenty more to see and do. Highly recommended!
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