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May 9, 2014 - Maulbronn

Today we visited Maulbronn Monastery (Kloster Maulbronn). It is the best-preserved medieval Cistercian monastery complex in Europe. The monestry is separated from the town by fortifications. Construction started in 1147. The main church, built in a style transitional from Romanesque to Gothic, was consecrated in 1178 by Arnold, Bishop of Speyer. A number of other buildings — infirmary, refectory, cellar, auditorium, porch, south cloister, hall, another refectory, forge, inn, cooperage, mill, and chapel — followed in the course of the 13th...

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May 12, 2012 - Maulbronn Abbey

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND For some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Germany chapter on Baden-Wurttemburg: Billed as the best-preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps, this one-time Cistercian monastery was founded by Alsatian monks in 1147, born again as a Protestant school in 1556 and designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993. Its famous graduates include the astronomer Johannes Kepler. Aside from the Romanesque-Gothic portico in the monastery church and the web-like vaulting of the cloister, it’s...

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