The history of St. Trudpert’s Abbey in the Black Forest begun with a hermitage founded in AD 640 (or in AD 600) by the Irish missionary Trudpert who was killed 3 years later and canonized in the 9th century.
It is assumed that the first monastery was built on the spot of his burial in AD 815. It was Benedictine. After several renovations and reconstructions over the centuries, the present Baroque appearance dates from the beginning of the 18th century.
The church, dedicated to the Saints Peter, Paul and Trudpert was redesigned in the Baroque style in the first half of the 18th century. The high altar is from 1784. The organ case – from 1760.
The pulpit comes from the Augustinerchorherrenkirche/the Church of the Augustinian Monastery in Freiburg and dates from the middle of the 18th century.
These are the pictures that I’ve managed to take of the former monastery, now converted into a museum (the Augustiner Museum). In the cloister, you could nowadays eat the prominent Black Forest gateau/Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and have a cup of Ethiopian coffee (or at least this was the offer at the time of my visit).
When I saw this exceptionally beautiful craftsmanship of the pulpit with its awesome symbols of the Evangelists, the thing that immediately came to mind was something that I’ve read in the book „Man and His Symbols“, by Carl Gustav Jung – that there is an analogy between these symbols and the four sons of the Egyptian God of the Sun Horus, three of which are also represented by animals and one by a human. But maybe it just can’t be otherwise as everything in the world changes with time, so the gods have to suit the requirements of the new time too. The Energy and the Entities are the same. Only the names are different.
As the Bulgarian writer Roman Dimitrov shows this process by indirection in his book „The Children of (God) Perun“, telling how the new gods were coming to replace the old powerful ‘pagan’ ones. „Days of ignorance are coming…“, he writes.
Fountain in the abbey yard.