At the time of its dedication in 1783, „the Cathedral of Schwarzwald/the Black Forest“ St. Blasien, or the abbey church of the former Benedictine abbey in the small town of St. Blasien (carrying the name of Saint Blaise as in the 9th century, his relics were translated from Rome to the place where in the 10th century the monastery was erected), was the third largest dome church in the world.
Mentioned for the first time in AD 770, Staufen is mainly known as a ‘Faust City’ due to its most prominent inhabitant, Johann Georg Faust. It is said that here, in Gasthaus/Inn zum Löwen, the famous character of Goethe (and not only), (more…)
Mentioned for the first time in 1375, after a number of destructions and ownership changes, the present Neo-Gothic castle dating from 1894 has not much in common with its initial building. (more…)
„Curvata Resurgo“/“Bent, I stand up again“ is the motto of the Trappist Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy near Rochefort from 1664 that clearly reflects its changing fortunes. This is the second Trappist abbey, which I am showing here (after Orval) of only 11 monasteries in the world (more…)