A marked walk through the area of Rot an der Rot will bring you to the different historic sites. Unfortunately the text on the signs is only available in German. Nevertheless, following the trail you will not miss out any of the interesting places here in Rot an der Rot.
The Commercial Building of the monastery with its four wings was built in the years between 1724 and 1728. It is 143 meters wide and 93 meters long. Over the years several fires have taken tribute and in 1988 to 1990 the building was completely renovated. Nowadays the buildings is used by the public. A post station, a bank, apartments and the city administration can be found here.
The 'Oberes Tor' (Upper Gate) used to be part of the walls that surrounded the monastery area. It was built in 1714 while the design of the wall paintings was changed in 1911 by the painter Richard Aich. The gate door is newly made but painted as the original with the crowned Imperial Eagle as a symbol for the Imperial Immediacy. The coat of arms is the one of the constructor of the Upper Gate Abbot Hermann Vogler (1711-1739).
The Brotherhood Church St. Johann is of late baroque style. It was built inbetween 1739 and 1741. Its purpose was to house the Rosary Brotherhood which until then had its chapel in the cloister of the monastery.
The Parish Church St. Verena (former abbey church) is named after her patron, the Sainted Verena who is Patron of the Housekeeper, the Patron of the Bakermen and the Patron of the Skipper. The church was built between 1777 an 1786 on the foundations baroque church that was built here after a mediavel church had been destroyed by a fire in 1681. The style of the church represents the transition from baroque to classicism.
The cruzifix originates from the medieval ages. In the 17th century Maria and Johannes were added. The group used to be in a chapel on the graveyard, beside the place where now the Brotherhood Church St. Johann can be found. After the chapel was teard down, the figures were stored in the Brotherhood Churched. In 1976, at the 850 years celebration of the monastery, the Crucifixion Group found its place where you can see it today.
As I enjoy walking, I hopped out of the Car and followed a water canal in Rot an der Rot. There were pretty gardens, Willow Tree's and Ducks. Later on, I came across a working Watermill alongside a building near the Abbey Church.
Saint Verena is the Neo-classical Monastery Church which replaced the old one. It took nine years to build, being completed in 1786. Would you believe, the Abbot had the old Church demolished without the wishes of the Convent!
It is a beautiful Church inside and out! The massive Holzhey organ was built in 1792 and finished the following year. It is not the only Organ in this Church, there is another!
There are many maginificent wood carving's on the Choir stalls, these, I think, compliment the Organ, take a look!
I walked around this Church, taking it all in, epescially enjoying the stucco work and the ceiling frescoes, in-fact, everything!
Please check out the website, as this has a lot of interesting detail on the inside of the Church.
This Church is a 'MUST SEE.'
Rot an der Rot Abbey, was first mentioned way back in 1100!
The Abbey has been through many bad and good times, probably the worst, when nearly the whole Abbey was burnt to the ground in 1481. Once again, the Abbey rose, being completely rebuilt in 1509. Still more bad luck, with over 200 lootings during several War's which sent the Abbey into decline. Then, it was burnt to the ground again in 1681 and rebuilt in the lovely baroque style between 1681 and 1698.
1806.... the monastery and village of Rot an der Rot was incorporated into the newly-founded Kingdom of Wurttemberg, and in 1808, two wings of the monastery building and the library were demolished.
From 1959, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart took over the Abbey, and today it is the educational and recreational establishment St Norbert run by Premonstratensian nuns who founded a community in Rot an der Rot in 1950.
So, I now know the interesting history of the Abbey, even though I couldn't go inside.
Parking near the "low gate" I started walking the village. Grabbing my attention, was the colossal Rathaus, painted in Luftlmarlerei. Looking at the window's, it was hard to tell, which were fake, and which were real, the painting was exceptionally well done.
A beautiful building, and next door is a cafe!
OPEN.....Monday - Thursday.....8.00 - 12.00 clock
Wednesday: 4.15-6.15PM........Friday 8-1pm
I happened to find Rot an der Rot, the Monastery and its gate when researching Swabia, Germany. We entered this small Village through a Town Gate, which had open,large wooden gates with an Eagle painted on them, but this wasn't the Gate. This Gate is known as the "Lower Gate."
On my walk, I found the other Gate, which is known as the "Upper Gate" and is the one in my photo. It would have to be, the most beautiful Town Gate I have ever seen!
It is only painted on the Village side, the other side is plain, and here again, I could see the wooden Gates, with the Eagle painted on them.
It is very easy to miss the wooden heads on the wooden pillars that carry the roof. To see them you need to go into the inner yard of the Commercial Building.