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Benedicte Abbey of Münsterschwaarzach

Germany, Bavaria

Benedicte Abbey of Münsterschwaarzach

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The monastery of Münsterschwarzach near Würzburg in the state of Bavaria is one of the most successful German monasteries. Four huge towers make the monastery to an impressive building. The monastery includes a school and furthermore a place, where guests can stay over night. In addition to that, the “Informationszentrum” inside of the monastery intends to show the history and evolution of the monastery.

The church of the monastery is 88 m long and 26 m high. Unfortunatly the original monastery does no longer exist due to the fact, that it was destroyed during secularization.

Over the entrance of the church the evangelists Matthew, Marcus, Luke and John are carved. The church itself is created in a modest way. Over the altar there is a crucifix. The monastery is particular because of twelve altars for different Saints on the brink of the church. The church itself is dedicated to Saint Felicity. The monastery is currently inhabited by 98 monks. The fraternitie is engaged all over the world.


The monastery of Münsterschwarzach was officially founded in 816 by Earl Megingaud. Before this time a women convent had already existed in Münsterschwarzach. Through abbot Egbert the monastic refroms were implemented in Münsterschwarzach. In the 11th century the building of the monastery was transformed in a romanistic style. Frequently the monastery struggled with massive problems. The consequence of these problems was often a profound change, which leads the monastery to new success. It is important to emphasize, that the building of the monastery was damaged and refurbished through time.

As already mentioned, the architecture was destroyed in the 19th century, because of secularization and fire. The location was used as quarry for a while, before it was rebuilt within the 20th century. As a further consequence of the secularization the fraternity was closed until the reactivation of the monastery in 1913. The first abbot after the recovery of the monastery of Münsterschwarzach was Plazidus Vogel. Today the monastery is one of the most successful clerical institutions in Germany. Through several projects all over the world, the monastery Münsterschwarzach is well known.



Información de la localidad

Benedicte Abbey of Münsterschwaarzach
Other monuments and places to visitSchwarzachbridge, Schwarzachmill
Natural Heritage
Historical Recreations
Festivals of Tourist Interest
Tourist OfficeYes
Specialized GuidesYes
Guided visitsYes
AccommodationsYes, there is a hostel in the monastery itself, where you can sleep, furthermore there are hotels and hostels in Münsterschwarzach
RestaurantsGasthaus zum Benediktiner
Monument or place to visitMonastery of Münsterschwaarzach
Epoch816 / 1913
State of conservationNew construction
Mailing addressAbtei Münsterschwarzach K. d. ö.R / Schweinfurter Str. 40 / 97359 Münsterschwarzach
Coordinates GPSLängengrad: 10°13′57″ Breitengrad: 49°48′19″
Property, dependencyBenediktinerkongregation St. Ottilien
Possibility of visits by the general public or only specialists
General public visits
Conservation needs
Visiting hours and conditions
From Monday to Friday the monastery is opened from 5 am until 8 pm. At the weekend it is opened from 6 am until 20 pm. The office is staffed from Monday to Friday from 8 to 12.30 and furthermore on mondays, wednesdays and fridays from 13.30 until 16.00. You visit the monastery with a guide. Before the visit, you have to sign up for the guiding.
Ticket amount
If you stay in the guest house 1 euro, otherwise 2 euro
Research work in progress
Signaling if it is registered on the route
Büll, Franziskus, 100 Jahre Missionsbenediktiner in Franken. 1200 Jahre Münsterschwarzach, Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Missionsmuseum der Benediktinerabtei Münsterschwarzach. Münsterschwarzach 2002.
Düring, Jonathan, Wir wichen nur der Gewalt. Die Mönche von Münsterschwarzach im Dritten Reich. Zwei Halbbände, Münsterschwarzach 1997 (= Münsterschwarzacher Studien BD. 45/I und II).
Hugger, Primin (Hrsg.), Magna Gratia. Festschrift zum 50jährigen Weihejubiläum der Abteikirche Münsterschwarzach. 1939-1988, Münsterschwarzach 1992 ( = Münsterschwarzachacher Studien Bd. 41).
Vogt, Gabriel, Zur Frühgeschichte der Abtei Münsterschwarzach, Volkach 1980 ( = Sonderdruck aus Mainfränkisches Jahrbuch 32/1980).
Information websitesabtei-muensterschwarzach.de
LocationMünsterschwarzach in the state of Bavaria in Germany