Wiblingen Monastery is a former Benedictine abbey located on the south of the town of Ulm, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is a stop on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.This huge complex of various buildings has only recently become an administrative part of the city. The former monastery is housing several departments of the medical faculty and the School for Medical Documentation of the Medical University of Ulm and several municipal buildings, serving the Catholic Church and the museum library. The monastery was founded by the Benedictines at the end of the 11th century (1093) by the counts Hartmann and Otto von Kirchberg.
But it had the best times in the early 18th century when it was significantly expanded. Monastic Church of St. Martin was completed in 1714, and thirty years later the most impressive and splendid part, the library, with interiors finished in the Rococo style, was put into use. At the beginning of the 18th century, the monks were expelled from the monastery, and the building was nationalized, then transformed into military barracks with all the furnishings being sold out. It remained in this role until the end of World War II. The monastery has one of the most, if not the most beautiful library in the world. Christian Wiedemann was the original architect of the library. This part of the abbey was completed in 1744. The Wiblingen Monastery library is located in the pavilion. It is a two-story library and it has two levels of windows and a raised roof. The library has an ample palette of golds, blues and pinks. Each surface is shrouded in enhancement.
The sections and statues are made out of wood, however, they are painted to look like marble. The width of the library was not proportionate to the stature, so the modellers made the displays more extensive to make the room look adjusted. Sections were utilized to help the exhibitions. The library holds more than 15,000 books. The statues placed in the library impersonate Christian virtues (Obedience, Solitude, Piety, and Devotion) and also disciplines (Philosophy, History, Law, and Theology). The books are put by the relating statues. This is a grand stage set for showing books. Currently, the abbey church and abbey library are open to the public, and the guided tours are available. The abbey museum was opened in 2006 and now is located in the guest rooms of the convent. Saint Martin’s Church serves as a Catholic parish church and was raised to the rank of a minor basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1993. Wiblingen Abbey is a must-see during your trip to Germany!