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Wiblingen Abbey, Ulm
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Wiblingen Abbey was a former Benedictine abbey which was later used as barracks. Today its buildings house several departments of the medical faculty of the University of Ulm. The former abbey is located south of the confluence of the rivers Danube and Iller, south of the city of Ulm in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Administratively, the former independent village of Wiblingen now belongs to the city of Ulm. The abbey is part of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.HistoryFrom the foundation to 1701Wiblingen Abbey was founded in 1093 by the counts Hartmann and Otto von Kirchberg. The counts offered monks of St. Blaise's Abbey in the Black Forest lands near the river Iller, which the monks used to found a filial institution. In 1099, the first buildings were consecrated. The first abbot was Werner von Ellerbach. In the same year, the founding counts offered the abbey a splinter of the Holy Cross which they had acquired during their participation in the First Crusade.During the High and the Late Middle Ages Wiblingen Abbey was famous for its scholarship and learning as well as being a place of exemplary monastic discipline due its strict adherence to the rule of St. Benedict. In 1504, the Benedictine Abbey and its dependent villages came under the sovereignty of the House of Austria and was to be from then on part of Further Austria until 1806.
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  • In November, we visited this monastery. 2 adults pay entrance fee €5. Will photos be to make equal to €3 once again due. The monastery is somewhat dreary all over already, but in the winter months. Only the library stands out as a star. Beautiful setting with ancient books. With regard to the other areas is not much to say: black and white photos on the walls and the history of the monastery on printed boards. We expected more for the price of admission.
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  • You can park directly at the monastery. It is a very big beautiful plant. A retirement home is housed in the monastery. We haven't seen anybody but them. There is a garden with a lake. The Church and especially the library is impressive. You should take the time to view all alone.
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  • Simply amazing!! America was still undiscovered and these guys had a Library!!! Now one can understand why Europe was the birth of civilization! Ask for your english guided tour at the entrance. Worth...  more »
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  • This library, completed in 1744, was modeled in the Baroque style after the Austrian National Library, but it is by no means just a cheap imitation of the original, and it certainly stands on its own. Just outside the library there is an inscription reading “In quo omnes thesauri sapientiae et scientiae,” which translates to “In which are stored all treasures of knowledge and science.”
  • Former Benedictine Abbey in the Baroque style with the Church in the Center and four surrounding wings, as well as an impressive two-storey library Hall in Rococo style in the triangle between the river Iller and Danube in the 18th century on symmetrical floor plan. Great, friendly medieval market once in a year.
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  • Very nice from the inside
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