Michaelsberg Abbey

Siegburg, Germany

Michaelsberg Abbey is situated on the Michaelsberg ('St. Michael's Mount'), about 40 metres above the town of Siegburg. The hill was first inhabited about 800 by the Counts of Auelgau, who built a castle there. In 1064 the Archbishop of Cologne, Anno II of Cologne, founded a monastery there, dedicated to the Archangel Michael, from whom both the mountain and the abbey henceforward took their names. He appointed the monk Erpho (died 1076) as the first abbot. Anno himself died at the abbey in 1075 and was buried there.

Archbishop Anno was canonized in the abbey church in 1183. At this time his remains were translated to the Chapel of St. Anno, which can still be seen in the abbey church. By this time, however, the early spirit of these founders was beginning to dim among the monks. The community had developed a luxurious lifestyle, one which was so open that they were publicly criticized by a nearby Cistercian abbey.

During the 14th century, after a long legal battle, the abbey was recognized as an Imperial abbey (that is, directly subject to the Holy Roman Emperor alone). This led to bitter rivalry, and on occasion even war, with the town of Siegburg. In 1676 the abbey again became subject to the local territorial power. During the period of the Thirty Years' War, the abbey became a center of literary and musical studies.

The abbey was suppressed during the German Mediatisation of 1802–03. Until their resettlement by Cistercian monks on 2 July 1914, the buildings were used for varied purposes, for some time as a barracks, but also at other times as a lunatic asylum and a slaughterhouse. The new monks came from the Abbey of Merkelbeeck in the Netherlands to establish a monastery there again. This was not an easy endeavor, as part of the abbey was soon taken over for use as a military hospital during World War I.

In 1941 the abbey was again dissolved, this time by the Schutzstaffel (SS); the monks were expelled and the buildings commandeered. The buildings were almost completely destroyed by a bombing raid in 1944, although they were in use as a military hospital and flying the flag of the Red Cross. In 1945 the monks who had been expelled four years previously were finally able to return, some from captivity as prisoners of war, others from exile. They had to rebuild the monastery virtually from scratch.

Benedictine life on the Michaelsberg the monastery was dissolved in 2011.



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Founded: 1064
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Werner Winkels (16 months ago)
Sehr schön gestaltete Tagungsstätte
RaMoNa S (18 months ago)
Wahrzeichen von Siegburg! Von dort hat man die beste Sicht über die Stadt!
Rico Barsch (2 years ago)
Hier gibt es eine schöne Aussicht über die Stadt Siegburg. Man kann mit dem Auto bis fast oben fahren. Dort gibt es ein Parkhaus (2€/h), was aber bei der Einfahrt und beim Etagenwechsel sehr eng ist. Neben der Aussicht erwartet einem noch ein Café / Bistro Anno 17 und ein wenig tiefer gibt es ein großen schönen Spielplatz.
Der Kunde XYZ (2 years ago)
Der Michaelsberg befindet sich in Siegburg. Von hier aus hat man einen schönen Blick über die Stadt und mehr. Ein schönes Restaurant versüsst den Aufenthalt mit kleinen aber feinen Speisen, u.a. mit leckerem Kuchen. Wirklich sehr schön
Christian Roller (2 years ago)
Jeden Dienstag um 19 Uhr biete ich hier auf dem schönen Michaelsberg ein Outdoor Functional Training an. Hier sind optimale Voraussetzungen für unser Rückencamp
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