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Bronnbach Monastery: A Fascinating Journey Through History

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

Embark on a journey through time at Bronnbach Monastery, a place of profound history and enduring beauty. Established in 1138 by Cistercian monks, the monastery, nestled in the tranquil Tauber region of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, has been a sanctuary for those seeking a simple and devout life harmonised with nature.

Over the centuries, Bronnbach Monastery weathered numerous changes and challenges. Its resilience was tested in 1803 during the tumultuous aftermath of the Holy Roman Empire's end when it faced dissolution. The Princely House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg took charge, reshaping its destiny. Despite the upheaval, some monks chose to remain in Bronnbach, living as laymen until the last monk passed away in 1832.

The monastery assumed various roles throughout its illustrious past, briefly serving as a brewery and an administrative centre. Even during these transformations, the essence of Bronnbach remained preserved. In 1855, it hosted an unexpected royal resident—King Dom Miguel I of Portugal, who sought refuge here with his family after a civil war forced them from their homeland.

Between 1922 and the 1980s, different religious orders inhabited the monastery until the Main-Tauber district acquired it in 1986. Undergoing extensive renovation and restoration, the monastery emerged anew, securing its status as a national monument of outstanding importance in 1989.

Today, Bronnbach Monastery continues to be a sacred place of worship and a vibrant cultural hub. Beyond its historical walls, it hosts an array of events, from weddings and concerts to seminars and wine tastings. The monastery stands as a testament to architectural splendour, exemplified by the exquisite choir stalls in its church, as seen in the accompanying photo. Crafted by one of Bronnbach's monks, these stalls mirror the grandeur of Mainz Cathedral's wood carvings, representing a pinnacle of German craftsmanship.

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