Maulbronn Things to Do

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    Go for a walk, enjoy the view and find a "Gruhe"

    by christine.j Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Most people come to Maulbronn for the cloister, but there is more to do and see. Maulbronn has a few very nice walking trails around the town. We walked up through the vineyards and enjoyed the view across the cloister, then through meadows and found a very quiet lake, the Rossweiher. This lake had been artificially made by the monks to have a good supply of fresh fish. It is now a protected area and home to several rare birds. I was told you could even see ospreys there on their way back to the sea in northern Germany.

    In the meadows we found a sort of a stone bar, a low one and a higher one. A plate nearby told me that this was a "Gruhe", an old stone bench for taking a rest. The lower one was for the people to sit down, the higher one to put down the heavy baskets thery were carrying on their way to the market.
    The one here in Maulbronn is one of the best preserved in southern Germany. They were common between 1720 and 1850, I don't know how the one in Maulbronn is.

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    Monks' refectory and Fountain House

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 28, 2008

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    The Monk's refectory is one of the biggest room of the monastery. It was erected during the Romanesque period: there you can see tall walls, narrow and rounded arch windows. In 1220 the Master of Paradise give the nowday shape: he used early Gothic vault and divided the room in two aisled hall. The red chalk paintings in the vault were made in 1517 and they are preserved only as skatches.
    In front of the Monk's refectory you can see the Fountain House which was built among 1340 and 1350 ina polygonal shape. The paintings in the vault were made in the 1511 and showing the history og the monastery.

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    Locutory and Chapterhouse

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 28, 2008

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    The locutory was built in among 1493 and 1495 by Conrad of Schmie and it has got interesting paintings of animals and plants.
    The Chapterhouse is a two aisle and three columned hall built in the mid of 14th century and it is a interesting example of Gothic architecture.

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    Ambulatory

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 27, 2008

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    The wonderful ambulatory has got a square shape. The south wing was built in 1210 and it is called the Reading Arcade and it was made by the Master of Paradise. Here you can see fantastic examples of Romanesque capitals. The remaining wings of the ambulatory were finished aroun 1280/1310 and you can see many parts in Gothic style.

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    St.Mary Church: choir stalls

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 27, 2008

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    In the monks' church you can see the wonderful choir stalls with 92 seats made in 1450 under the influence of the Ulm woodcarving artisans. In the choir you can also see a fantastic sedilia for the abbot and two deacons made in 1480. On the walls you can see two interesting frescoes showing Bishop Gunther of Speyer and Ritter Walther of Lomersheim. In the wall you can see two gravestones with effigy of Ulrich of Durrmenz.
    On the roof of the choir you can see the symbols of the four evangelists.

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    St.Mary Church: interior

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 26, 2008

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    The interior of the church of St.Mary is very nice and it shows the Cistercian simplicity. It is in Romanesque style with ten bays in lenght and arcaded. The space is divided by the 3.20 meters choir screen: it separates the monks' area from the lay brothers. The crucifix was made in1473. In the Lay Brothers'church you can see two Gothic baldachins.

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    The Arcade

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 26, 2008

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    Before to enter in the cloister you must pass the arcade. On the right you can see teh Cellarium (nowday the Lapidarium) vaulted with strip-shaped cross ribs made in 1201. On the left you can see the lay refectory, built in 1201, vaulted by the Master Of Paradise as you can see in the capitals, it was restored in the 19th century.

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    St.Mary Church: The Paradise

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Sep 26, 2008

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    The Paradise is a three aisled single-bay narthex built among 1210 and 1220 in Gothic style. To the architect was given the title of Master of Paradise. In 1457 the roof was replaced with the flat hippen roof. The narthex vault were painted durign the Late Gothic period; nowday you can see only few remants pf plants and allegoric figures.
    The doors of the main portal have original leather covered and artistically forged fittings. On the tympanon you can see a fresco made in the 15th century showing the Mary.

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    St.Mary Church

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 26, 2008

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    The heart of the monastery is the St.Mary Church which was built in 1147 and consecrated in 1178. The facade of the church is very modest and nice with roof spire.
    On the corner of the church you can see the granary which was built in the 13th century. Has you can see from the photos it has got Gothic lancet windows.

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    Monastery Courtyard

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Sep 26, 2008

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    The monastery courtyard is very big and here you can see residential, domestic and administrative buildings. Here you can seen the former stables (today town hall) with a Gothic core, convertited around 1600. Close to it you can see the former oat barn (Haberkasten) built in the 15th century and the baker's residence (Pfistermeister) built in 1520, today both residential buildings. On the south west side of the monastery you can see the Witches' Tower built with opus rusticum in 1441. In the middle of the courtyard you can see the Treasury and Finance Office: it is a nice timbered house.

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    Monastery Gate

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Sep 25, 2008

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    As you can seen from the car park, the whole complex is a fortress with wall 850 meters in lenght with towers and wards. The access is throught the middle gate tower (Klostertor): it is a rounded-arch entrance built in the 15th century. Behind the gate you can see some fantastic timbered buildings: the pharmacy built in 1777, the chimney house with an open chimney built by the Mster of Paradise in 1220 and other nice buildings.

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