Why should you visit Wiblingen Monastery?
Wiblingen Monastery, located in Upper Swabia, in Germany, dates back to the year 1093, when it was founded. It consists of a number of buildings, including a church with incredible frescoes covering its tall ceilings, an enormous library and a museum that tells its long story. The Monastery represents the style of Baroque and the many representations of it, such as the paintings and the architecture of the whole place, fully depict how grand and beautiful this style is. The part of Germany in which the Monastery is located in is filled with a number of amazing abbeys, churches and castles. The abbey is part of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.
The history of the Monastery
It is a former Benedictine abbey that used to serve scholastic purposes and was a place of strict discipline and teachings. It survived some military conflicts, including the Thirty Years’ War. Abbot Benedict Rauh is responsible for helping the abbey overcome the difficult wars that it witnessed, also helping it make an economic recovery. The Monastery received status of an autonomous territorial Estate of Further Austria and this began the process of rebuilding the abbey and adding more buildings, the process of which started in 1714.
The only part which was not created in the Baroque style was the church, erected in an Early-Neo-Classicist style. The finishing of the final design of the abbey took many years due to the different artists who participated in the process of rejuvenation of the abbey, as well as financial problems that arose. It was occupied by enemy troops at the beginning of the 19th Century, which led to the abbey eventually being dissolved. The remaining monks moved to Tyniec Monastery, located near Krakow, Poland. In its later years, the Monastery’s buildings were used in more contemporary wars, as military barracks, and after that they were home to refugees.
Visiting Wiblingen Monastery
Today the abbey is a Tourist attraction and a symbol of history, and the Late-Baroque style of architecture. The church is a Catholic parish church and part of the abbey is used by the University of Ulm, while the South wing was partly turned into a retirement home. The library is thought to be the most incredible part of the Monastery, with the many statues and breathtaking frescoes, all of which show the abundance and beauty of possessing extensive knowledge and wisdom, and how one’s life can be improved by it. Visit Wiblingen Monastery and see one of the most beautiful complexes like this in Germany.