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  • Banz Abbey
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    Banz Abbey

    Banz Abbey (German: Kloster Banz), now known as Banz Castle (German: Schloss Banz), is a former Benedictine monastery, since 1978 a part of the town of Bad Staffelstein north of Bamberg, Bavaria, southern Germany.

    After dissolution

    In 1813 Duke Wilhelm in Bavaria, acquired the former abbey premises, which were thereafter known as Schloss Banz ("Banz Castle").

    In 1933 Duke Ludwig Wilhelm in Bavaria, sold the buildings to the Community of the Holy Angels ("Gemeinschaft von den heiligen Engeln"), an order dedicated to the spiritual care of expatriate Germans. Since 1978 the former monastery has been in the possession of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, an organisation closely associated with the political party the CSU in Bavaria, and is used as a conference centre.

    It also accommodates a collection of fossils and other curiosities, such as Egyptian mummies.

  • Banz Abbey
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Banz Abbey

    Banz Abbey (German: Kloster Banz), now known as Banz Castle (German: Schloss Banz), is a former Benedictine monastery, since 1978 a part of the town of Bad Staffelstein north of Bamberg, Bavaria, southern Germany.

    The abbey was founded in about 1070 by Countess Alberada of Schweinfurt and her husband, Count Hermann of Habsberg-Kastl, and until the secularisation of 1803 was the oldest monastery on the upper Main.

    In the late Middle Ages and until 1575 only members of the nobility were accepted as monks.

    After the Thirty Years' War the abbey had to be re-built. The abbots Eucharius Weiner and Kilian Düring commissioned Johann Leonhard Dientzenhofer and after his death in 1707, his brother Johann Dientzenhofer. Construction began in 1698. The church, built in of Baroque style, was consecrated in 1719. The interior is unexpectedly built, not with right angles, but with a series of ellipses. The main altar, the chancel and the statues of saints in the church and on the facade are by Balthasar Esterbauer; the ceiling frescoes are by Melchior Steidl. The choir stalls were made by the court cabinet maker and ebonist of Schönborn, Johann Georg Nesstfell.

    In the second half of the 18th century Banz Abbey was known throughout the Holy Roman Empire as a place of Catholic enlightenment and for the scholarship of its monks. This did not save it from secularisation and dissolution in 1803.



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Bad Staffelstein Overview

Bad Staffelstein is a small town in the Bavarian Administrative Region of Upper Franconia in Germany. It is known for the beautiful landscape that surrounds it, which has been given the name Gottesgarten am Obermain (Eden on the Upper Main). It contains many landmarks, such as the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen designed by Balthasar Neumann, the former monastery of Banz Abbey, now Banz Castle, and the 540 meter high Staffelberg. Most recently, it has been the thermal salt water spa, for which the town received the title Bad in 2001, that has made Staffelstein a tourist attraction.

Things to See in Bad Staffelstein

Although officially Bavarian, Bad Staffelstein considers itself a Franconian town distinguished by its Frankish heritage.

Three major attractions awaits the visitor coming to Bad Staffelstein.

Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen

This basilica, also known as the "Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers" is dedicated to a group of saints who were venerated together especially in Germany at the time of Black Death. The late Baroque, Rococo basilica was constructed between 1743 and 1772.

Banz Castle

Banz Castle (Schloss Banz) is a former Benedictine monastery known as "Banz Abbey" (Kloster Banz). In the second half of the 18th century Banz Abbey was known throughout the Holy Roman Empire as a place of Catholic enlightenment and for the scholarship of its monks.

Staffelberg

This natural landmark is a very popular sightseeing destination. It has drawn human attention since prehistoric times with recent archeological research identifying as the site of the Celtic city of Menosgada.

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More about the History of Bad Staffelstein

Staffelstein was first mentioned around 800 and received its town status in 1130. In 1846, with the construction of the Ludwig South-North Railway, the town was connected to the Bavarian rail network.

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Bad Staffelstein is a small town in Bavaria. It is known for the beautiful landscape that surrounds it, which has been given the name Gottesgarten am Obermain ("Eden on the Upper Main"). It contains many landmarks, such as the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen, Banz Castle, and the 540 meter high Staffelberg. More recently, its thermal salt water spa has become a major attraction by visitors.

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