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Abtei Amorbach, Amorbach

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Amorbach Abbey was a Benedictine monastery located at Amorbach in the district of Miltenberg in Lower Franconia in Bavaria, Germany.HistoryIt was one of four Carolingian foundations intended to establish Christianity in the region of the Odenwald (the others were the monasteries of Lorsch, Fulda and Mosbach).According to legend, a Gaugraf named Ruthard called the Frankish bishop, Saint Pirmin, to the area to set up a monastic settlement with chapel west of today's town, at the entrance to the Otterbachtal. A disciple of Pirmin, an Aquitanian called "Amor" supposedly then moved the monastery to its current location in 734.By 800 it had become a Reichsabtei, the abbot being directly answerable to Charlemagne. Pepin united it to the Bishopric of Würzburg, although control of it was much disputed by the Bishops of Mainz.The abbey played an important role in the clearing and settlement of the vast tracts of forest in which it was located, and in the evangelisation of other areas, notably Saxony: many of the abbots of the missionary centre of Verden an der Aller - later to become the Bishops of Verden - had previously been monks at Amorbach. It was severely damaged by the invasions of the Hungarians in the 10th century.
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  • While I have been to this place several times over the decades, the most spectacular experience is to visit an Orgelkonzert (Organ music) in the Abtei, which, however, requires long-term planning... 
    While I have been to this place several times over the decades, the most spectacular experience is to visit an Orgelkonzert (Organ music) in the Abtei, which, however, requires long-term planning...  more »
  • The first time I tried to visit it was closed for several days for the wedding of ErbPrinz Ferdinand von Leiningen . However I was able to attend the usual Sunday morning service and hear the... 
    The first time I tried to visit it was closed for several days for the wedding of ErbPrinz Ferdinand von Leiningen . However I was able to attend the usual Sunday morning service and hear the...  more »
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  • That place is amazing! International boutique was also very interesting.
  • I was blown away by the beauty of this hidden gem tucked away in the tiny town of Amorbach. Of course, to Germans this abbey may be well-known, but we only stumbled upon it thanks to a recommendation from our train conductor. For only 3 euro, you can view this Baroque masterpiece, with its crowning jewel - the Stumm organ. Expect to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour craning your neck to see the magnificently-detailed frescoes and to walk away with your muscles strained but your heart full. If you are going to Miltenberg, you would be doing yourself a disservice to not stop by Amorbach and see this church.

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