Maulbronn & Its Monastery

Maulbronn Town Square
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Maulbronn is a city located in the Enzkreis District of south Germany that was founded in the year 1838 and raised from a settlement. Maulbronn was built as a residence for the Neckar Community that belonged to the Wurtteremberg Kingdom. Maulbronn became an official city and served as an organizational center until 1938.

Maulbronn is famous for its “Maulbronn Abbey” monastery, which was included in the novel “Beneath the Wheel” by Hermann Hesse and was listed among the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993.

The Maulbronn Abbey was built by the monks who were passing through the valley following a mule in search of pure water. The mule was able to show the way to the monks. The monks then built the Maulbronn Abbey as a tribute to the mule.

Maulbronn Abbey was founded in the year 1147, with the support of Eugenius III, who was the first Cistercian Pope. The Maulbronn Abbey was built in the Gothic and Romanesque style and was sanctified in 1178 by the bishop Arnold. The chapel, auditorium, south cloister, hall and mill were added to the church in the 13th century and following this, the north, east and west cloisters were added during the 14th century.

Today, Maulbronn Abbey is a great tourist spot which is visited by the people from all over the World. Maulbronn Abbey opens at 9.00 am and closes at 5.00 pm in between March to October and in between November to April the Maulbronn Abbey opens at 9.30 am and closes at 5.00 pm.

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