''Steingaden Abbey (Kloster Steingaden) was a Premonstratensian monastery in Steingaden in Bavaria, Germany.
Dedicated to John the Baptist, the abbey was founded in 1147 as a Premonstratensian house by Welf VI, third son of Henry the Black, Duke of Bavaria, and brother of Duke Henry the Proud. The first monks and their abbot came from the Premonstratensian Rot an der Rot Abbey. The Romanesque abbey church was dedicated in 1176. Between 1470 and 1491 the abbey buildings were refurbished under Abbot Caspar Suiter in the Late Gothic style.
The abbey was looted and burnt in 1525 during the German Peasants' War, and was later almost completely destroyed in the Thirty Years' War. Reconstruction was completed in 1663 under Abbot Augustin Bonenmayr in the style of the early Baroque. During the 1740s the nave of the church was redecorated in the Rococo style.
The abbey's prestigious building projects, combined with its inaccessible location, brought it into financial difficulties which remained insuperable to the end of its existence.
Steingaden Abbey was dissolved in 1803 during the secularisation of Bavaria. The monastic buildings were bought at auction by the Meyer brothers from Aarau, who demolished them in 1819, except for the wing containing the Romanesque cloisters.
The former abbey church, the Welfenmünster, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, is a Romanesque building of the 1170s under an extravagant Rococo refurbishment carried out by Johann Georg Bergmüller throughout the whole of the 1740s. It survived the dissolution as the parish church of Steingaden, which it remains.
The abbey church was the place of burial of the founder, Welf VI, who died in 1191, and his son Welf VII, who predeceased his father in 1167. Their elaborate tomb was destroyed in 1525. The church retained however a carved sandstone panel of the Welf arms, dating from about 1200 which may well have formed part of the destroyed tomb. Apart from seals and seal impressions this is the oldest known surviving heraldic representation in Germany. The panel was acquired by the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich in 1861.''
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jjcordier (76852) 2013-10-18 23:09
Tous ces intérieurs d'églises et d'abbayes bavaroises sont fascinants par leur décoration lumineuse,colorée ...et très chargée. Belle photo de cette abbaye de Steingaden.
besnard (53756) 2013-10-18 23:26
Une belle prise de cette superbe église richement colorée. C'est du bon travail.
cargus (8461) 2013-10-18 23:41
Wonderful composition with interesting architectural details from a beautiful interior chatedral, very nice light management and graphic mood, excellent POV,
carlo62 (33779) 2013-10-19 0:38
in questa regione le chiese sono molto ricche di rifiniture e affreschi e in questa foto c'è lì mostri in tutta la loro bellezza.
Una bellissima prospettiva ricca di particolari, ben esposta e con grande profondità.
jhm (140026) 2013-10-19 1:29
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
I am a very big fan of church interiors, these are always fantastic through the a lot colours and paintings, also depth and perspective.
Colours and presentation make these picture attractive.
Wonderful composition, high sharpness and quality.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (58159) 2013-10-19 1:55
A spactacular view inside the abbey, Alessandro.
Rich art elements cover the arched-ceiling and walls, no wonder it was once looted by envy neighbours.
Geat outside light managed indoor's, fine details collected, especially DOF to the far side altar.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-10-19 2:54
Questa è fatta molto bene e si nota immediatamente sia per la bellezza del soggetto che per la composizione che evidenzia molto bene sia il nianco delle pareti che gli affreschi sul soffitto e la severità lignea dell'arredo.
Un ottimo scatto ricco di interessanti dettagli.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
siudzi (33953) 2013-10-19 3:13
Impressive interior as well as your presentation! Symmetrical view fits perfectly here to show the beauty of the ceiling and walls with all these amazing paintings and decorations. Excellent work, well done!
Have a lovely weekend!
npecanhuk (66302) 2013-10-19 6:31
Wonderful interior details! I like it a lot because it isn't dark as usual!
Very beautiful picture!
Special regards to the vertical format, chosen pov, symmetrical composition and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
Silvio1953 (123515) 2013-10-19 6:43
Ciao Alessandro, gran vista di un favoloso interno, ottima prospettiva, piacevole simmetria e favolosa luce, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
mvdisco (17774) 2013-10-19 7:43
Ciao, Allessandro, Bonjour,
An amazing point of view and perpective of the interior of the Steingaden Abbey,
great architecture and details,
A sharp and clear presentation with beautiful tone of colors and light
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-10-19 11:06
Nice presentation of this beautiful cathedral with superb perspective. Well done!
lousat (77802) 2013-10-19 15:25
Ammazza che spettacolo,sara' stata anche ben illuminata,ma un risultato cosi' elevato qualitativamente da un interno chiesa lo si vede molto di rado,bellissima la foto e strepitosa l'architettura multicolore ricca di dettagli e ornamenti.Buona Domenica,Luciano
Nicou (123190) 2013-10-19 21:18
quel intérieur d'église fantastique cpatage et vue une merveilleux quel dessin sur ce plafond quelle gestion des lumières sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
worldcitizen (7057) 2013-10-20 17:08
This interior is truly a masterpiece. The artwork and details are amazing, and you have captured them beautifully. Everything stands out so strongly against the white trim; it also makes the interior seem lighter. Most churches are very dark inside, and have darker wood as a trimming. Very nice symmetry and exposure in this photo.
mesutilgim (85396) 2013-10-21 9:47
Very nice architectorial interior capture from Bavaria with perfect pov and sharpness.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
mkamionka (30694) 2013-10-22 6:29
what an impressive interior! The decoration is so very rich and there is plenty of light to enjoy the details. I can imagine one could sit in this church long hours to enjoy its beauty.
I have lived in Bayern several years but never heard about this place. Thanks for sharing!
adores (37541) 2013-10-26 15:30
I usually like simple churches, but the decoration of these Bavarian churches is really amazing. The details of the paintings are magnificent! A very good pov and you also managed light very well. A good shot!
tatadalou (6341) 2013-10-27 7:20
Bella vista dell'interno di questa chiesa. L'esuberanza dello stile rococò è impressionante. Nitidezza e gestione della luce sono eccellenti. Buon fin de settimana !
Didi (57256) 2013-10-27 10:40
Great picture with very rich decor
Very good lights ambiance
In France churches lokks very sad inside
- Copyright: ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) (22808)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S90
- Exposure: f/2.2, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Austria and South Bavaria
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-18 23:02