It began in 1330 by the Holy Roman Empire Ludwig the Bavarian to build school and a church to commemorate the religion for a group of knights and a community of Benedictine Monks. Only the academy school was used for a long time and was a mecca for those desiring to learn.
In 1744 it had a fire and was nearly destroyed, and new buildings replaced the abbey buildings and church. The abbey only lasted as a place for monks the first time until 1803 when times forced the abandonment of the church as a part of secular governing. In 1900 it was given to the Benedictine Monks again and today they have 55 on site.
The ceiling frescoes were painted by John Zieller over 1751-52 as part of the refurbishment in 1744-53 after the fire. It became the known best for Bavarian rococo style. The dome is 83 feet wide, displaying the blue clouds and heavenly look.
When we were looking for the entrance to the Monastery, we drove up the side street, next to the Monastery walls, and parked the car by an open entrance. I walked in, and found this was where the Brewery was. I couldn't go inside, but I did see the cart and barrels that the draught Horse's pull. Dating back to the 16th century, the Benedictine monks have brewed beer using locally-grown malt and hops, and pure water from the Bavarian Alps. Named, "Ettaler beer" it is available from shops in the village.
Ettal monastery also produces a liqueur.
This is a way of making money for the Monastery.
Dates for guided tours (only group tours) can be arranged on Tel: +49 (0)88 22/ 74 219.
Once inside this Basilica, I stood in awe of the beauty. Above my head was a huge dome, the fresco that was painted in 1769. It was wonderful! This Basilica were reconstructed in the ornate baroque style, glittering with lots of gold, rich with Marble, and wonderful frescoes. The Pulpit in my photo, is done with gold gilt. The Madonna on the high altar, was brought from Italy by the emperor and is said to be of miraculous nature. One of the paintings in my photo is of the Holy family.
This Monastery Basilica is one of the nicest I have seen. There is so much more inside this Basilica than what I have told you about.
The website is in German
Arriving in Ettal, we could easily see the large domed roof of the Monastery, and then the high walls surrounding it. There were lots of cars parked in a side street, so we thought the entrance may have been there, but no, it wasn't, that gate had "no entry.'
Back in the car, and little further on, we came to the Entrance and a good size parking lot.
It was where the Abbey shop and Toilet's were located and also where I entered the garden of the Monastery.
Walking on the path through the garden, I stopped at the centre and took the obligatory photo like thousand's before me have done.
There before my eyes, was a beautiful building with statues of the twelve Apostle's adorning the front wall, the door was open, beckoning me to come inside..................
Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330.
Website is in German
The monastery at Ettal was founded by the Holy Roman Emperor Kaiser Louis the Fourth on April 28, 1330.
The buildings are from 1330-1500 and were redesigned in the 18th century in the Baroque style of the time.
The monastery is still active with 55 monks who run a co-ed private high school (grades 5-13) and a boys boarding school.
Masses are held regularly and the monastery is open daily 9am-5pm (6pm in summer).
The inside of the Ettal Monastery is one of the most elaboratly decorated in all of Germany.
The church is smaller than one would think but it wasn't designed for the large crowds that can sometimes visit.
Originally planned as a new Versailles, Linderhof Palace is a perfect example of a "Royal Villa" with terraces and cascades and a spacious landscaped garden.
After visiting Versailles, Ludwig II set out to create a Bavarian counterpart. Between 1868 and 1869, the architect Georg Dollmann drafted seven plans for the new palace in Linderhof, but none were implemented. Finally, in 1870, the Versailles project was relocated to the island of Herrenchiemsee. In Linderhof, instead, Ludwig II commissioned a "King's Cottage". By 1878, in spite of difficult transport routes and a virtually inaccessible location, the palace was completed, and the rooms decorated in the style of the "Second Rococo". The development of the park, designed by Carl von Effner, took from 1870 to 1880. Several architectural features were added at the king's request.
Venus Grotto, an artificial dripstone cave
Spring fountain with 30-meter high fountain
Waterworks in summer,
every hour on the hour between 9 am and 5 pm
The main altar is built where there wa the choir in the medieval church. Here you can see the marble statue given by Ludwig the Bavarian. Around the stateu there are some beautiful gilded panels in bas-relief with scenes of the passion.
The Baroque interior is fantastic. All the walls are covered with plasters, angels, statues and decorations. Very beautiful are the six side altars with statues of saints served as Johann Georg Ublher and Franz Xaver Schmuzer.
The fresco of the dome has been realized by Johann Jakob Zeiller between 1748 and 1750. The fresco shows the adoration of the Trinity made by St. Benedict and of its followers with 430 figures painting.
The courtyard of the abbey is fantastic!!! Along it there are the buildings of the secondary school specialising in the humanities and modern languages. Ettal also runs a brewery and distillery, a bookshop and a hotel. The courtyard is the best place if you want to relax!!!
The abbey was dissolved in 1803 during the secularization of church property in Bavaria. The site was acquired in 1809 by Josef von Elbing. During the 19th century were made some small building works: the renovation of the facade and the twin bell towers.
In 1900 the abbey was given to the Benedictines of Scheyern Abbey, who re-founded the monastery. Today the abbey has got a community of more than 50 monks.
In 1709 was established the "Knights' Academy" which developed into a highly successful school and began the educational tradition of the abbey.
In 1744 the abbey and the abbey church were largely destroyed in a fire.
It was rebuilt in the Baroque style, with a double-shelled dome, made by the the Swiss-Italian architect Enrico Zuccalli who had studied with Bernini. On the facade he made big statues of the apostles.
Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian on his return from Italy along the trade route between Italy and Augsburgduring.
He carried from Rome a statuette of the Virgin Mary of the Pisano School: a gift from Ludwig to his new foundation. This statue soon became an object of pilgrimage.
The original Gothic abbey church, built between 1330 and 1370, was very small.
The beautiful confessionals, crowned with white and gold decorations, are placed in the back part of the church, two on each side of the entry door.
These truly masterpieces are the work of the local woodcarving workshop of the Zwinks.