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Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg

Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg
Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg

Michaelsberg Abbey or Michelsberg Abbey, also St. Michael's Abbey, Bamberg (German: Kloster Michaelsberg or Michelsberg) is a former Benedictine monastery in Bamberg in Bavaria, Germany. After its dissolution in 1803 the buildings were used for the almshouse Vereinigte Katharinen- und Elisabethen-Spital, which is still there as an old people's home. The former abbey church remains in use as the Michaelskirche.

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After the creation of the Bishopric of Bamberg by Emperor Henry II, the first Bishop of Bamberg, Eberhard I, founded the abbey in 1015 as the bishop's private monastery. Accordingly the abbot answered directly to the bishop of Bamberg, and to no-one else. The monks for the new establishment were drawn from Amorbach Abbey and Fulda Abbey.

The chronicler and author Frutolf of Michelsberg was prior here until his death in 1103. The abbey flourished under Bishop Otto (d. 1139), whose burial in the abbey church and subsequent canonisation in 1189, together with the papal protection granted to the abbey in 1251, was of enormous advantage in increasing the independence of the abbey from the bishops. The award to the abbots of the pontificalia had taken place some time before 1185. The abbey's financial status rested securely upon its great ownership of lands in 441 places in the bishopric.

In 1435 the abbey came into conflict with the townspeople of Bamberg and was plundered. It also suffered during the German Peasants' War of 1525, the Franconian Margrave War (Markgräflerkrieg) in the 1550s and from an occupation of several years' duration by the Swedish army during the Thirty Years' War. In the 17th and 18th centuries the abbey recovered, and enjoyed a new period of prosperity.

By the time of the secularisation of Bavaria of 1802 the abbey still owned substantial property in Bamberg itself as well as estates in no fewer than 141 places in the surrounding area. On 30 November 1802 Bavarian troops confiscated the abbey's assets. Valuable books were removed to the library of the Bavarian court, the predecessor of the present Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The 24 monks then resident were obliged to leave the monastery. The abbey buildings passed into the possession of the city of Bamberg, who by popular request transferred into them the old almshouses from the city centre; these are still located there.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaelsberg_Abbey,_Bamberg ]

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"My fiancé and I would like to get married in Bamberg. Is it possible to get married in Michaelsberg Abbey? If so, can you please advise on what procedures must be followed? Vielen Dank, Gary" (posted 07/10/2015)

I am sorry I don't know, I think you should ask tourism office.
Answer provided by Maria Chica Campalans on 07/10/2015
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As far as I know it is not possible to get married in the church, because the church is not accessible due to serious static problems for security reasons. Please would even in the city (registry office) ask. Here's a link to the things that are necessary for a marriage in Bamberg: https://www.stadt.bamberg.de/index.phtml?mNavID=1829.616&sNavID=1829.616&La=1 Best regards and good luck! Marina Scheinost As far as I know, it's not possible to get in the marrie Abby right now, Because the church is closed for security reasons (static problems have to be solved before reopening for the public). But, please ask at the town Adminsitration, as I can not speak for them. I hope the link will help! https://www.stadt.bamberg.de/index.phtml?mNavID=1829.616&sNavID=1829.616&La=1 Best wishes Marina Scheinost
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Hi Gary, unfortunately I can not answer the question completely. I can recommend you the page of the Bamberg Tourist zubesuchen information for all information about your planned wedding. www.bamberg.info/tourismus, or to watch the wedding flyer of Bamberg. https://www.stadt.bamberg.de/media/custom/332_7718_1.PDF?1401885046 Many greetings from sunny Bamberg sends you Harald Albert
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