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Abbey of St. Michael: photos, description (Kloster Michelsberg)

Abbey of St. Michael is located on mount Michaelsberg in Bamberg, is a former monastery of the Benedictine monks. It was founded back in the year 1015, but in 1117 was destroyed in a strong earthquake. Through the efforts of Bishop Otto the Holy in a short time was built a new Church, designed in Romanesque style. Despite the fact that in the XIII and XV centuries made of perestroika, the external appearance of the building of the Abbey is slightly affected.

The eighteenth century was the beginning of a new stage in the life of the Church, it was rebuilt in the Baroque style with the assistance of brothers Dientzenhofer. During this period the house was built Prelate with the beautiful entrance gates, which were performed according to the draft of Balthasar Neumann. Currently, the Abbey of St. Michael is partially used as a nursing home.

The facade of this Church is adorned with decorative niches, and a gorgeous and wide stairs. Above the entrance are angels that are holding a cartouche with the arms of Abbot of the monastery and the Archbishop. Here you can see statues of individuals who founded a bishopric among them Henry II and Cunegonde. On the background of open sky above the clock building you can see the figure of the Archangel Michael.

Side aisles were built in the period after 1610, the vault of the Church is decorated with paintings, among which it is possible to very clearly distinguish between the different plants. Their image made on a light background, the overall picture is a true delight and surprise. The Abbey is the body, beautifully decorated in Renaissance style. Chair of walnut drew the attention, it not only combines brown wood tones, and gold, which gives it a particularly spectacular view.

Before the Church there is a wide courtyard, passing through which, you can see the Franconian brewery Museum, earlier this place was the monastery brewery, mention of it date back to the year 1122.