In the mid-16th century, after the Protestant Reformation (an
attempt by Martin Luther to reform the Catholic Church), the Monastery was
closed and soon reopened as a Protestant school, that still occupies a small
part of the Maulbronn complex to this day. Famous students of the Monastery school include Johannes Kepler, the noted mathematician -
astronomer and Herman Hesse, a Nobel Prize winner in literature in the
The Monastery is part of a larger complex that includes a church and a
number of separate buildings that were used to support the various
activities of the monastery. The complex was walled and apparently able to function
as a self-contained village. Click our photos for captions indicating
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Monastery at Maulbronn is very interesting, although if you enter in
the off-season, you will find it cold, damp and very dark. The
Monastery is one of those places where you feel as if you are disturbing the
past by your presence.
Its empty and somewhat forlorn rooms convey a sense of extreme age as
you pass through the Monastery's relatively
unadorned halls, which, also convey the asceticism so common to monastic
life in the Middle Ages.
The three-hall church, which was used exclusively by the Cistercian
monks and brothers when the complex was operating as a monastery, has served as a
Protestant church meeting the religious needs of the town since the
The church has a number of interesting attractions; the pew stalls in the
Monk's Choir are worth finding, as is an examination of the faded frescos
surrounding them. Many of the more interesting objects are hard to
see, nestled in dark corners or near the floors of dimly illuminated rooms.
However, the hunt bears rich rewards and we believe that you will have
pleasant memories of your visit to Maulbronn Monastery.
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