Eberbach Monastery, Rheingau

26 Aug

Near Eltville at the Rhine in the Rheingau is the former former Cistercian monastery, Eberbach Abbey. Because of its Romanesque architecture and early Gothic buildings, it belongs to one of the most significant architectural heritage sites in Hesse Germany. Eberbach Abbey was very successful economically, principally as a result of profits from the cultivation of vineyards and the production of wine. Interior scenes of the film „The Name of the Rose“ (Regie, Jean-Jacques Annaud; – D, F, I, 1986) were filmed here. (For the film see information on filmportal.de or the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.)

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The picture is „showing“ the dormitory, but I’m not sure. I have been there, although it seemed to be that it is not allowed at the moment. The „Stiftung Kloster Eberbach“ is going ahead with an overall refurbishment. Since 1998 the „Stiftung Kloster Eberbach„, a non-profit foundation under public law, owns the Eberbach Monastery. The activities of this foundation are focused on the objective of the long-term preservation and use of the monastery.

About the monastery in the words of the „Stiftung Kloster Eberbach„: „An atmosphere emanating from spiritual thinking, history, art and beauty, which most certainly will touch the hearts of all visitors to this historical location. The Eberbach Monastery lies at the heart of the Rheingau, which Heinrich von Kleist once described as the Wine Garden created „con amore“ by the Good Lord. And as one would expect from a Cistercian settlement, the Monastery is tucked away in a secluded, picturesque valley, far away from the loud traffic routes and the hectic lifestyle of bustling residential areas. Completely enclosed on all sides by forests and vineyards.

I have posted this in ‚Landmarks‘ and ‚Wiesbaden‘ because it is very easy to get there by public transport.

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