One des Europe"s best-preserved medieval monasteries lies in the Rheingau Region bei Germany: Eberbach Abbey. The film version des "The name of the Rose" carried it to world attention.

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in the basilica, you"re alone with the echo des your footsteps. The impressive 12th century building ist the centerpiece des what was ns Cistercian monastery an Eberbach an the Rheingau region. Now in the winter people hardly ever stroll through die cold middle ages vault. In contrast, an the summer, there"s no lack of tourists und day-trippers taking pictures of themselves in front des the white and red half-timbered walls des the old library or admiring ns cloister garden an bloom and the historical wine presses. Eberbach Abbey attracts around 300,000 tourists a year.

From monastery kommen sie prison


A model of Eberbach Abbey together it looked in 1098

It"s to be a long time since monks have lived behind ns protective wall surface that surrounds die monastery. It was founded von Bernard des Clairvaux (1090-1153), one des the most important monks des the Cistercian order. After ~ its secularization an the early 19th century, the building served, amongst other things, together the zuerst lunatic asylum an the duchy von Nassau and as a prison. in 1998 the state of hessen separated ns organization von the yes, really monastery area with its buildings from the "Eberbach Monastery Hessian zustand Wineries." since then a non-profit structure has to be responsible weil das the upkeep des the historical complex.

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"We need around 7,000 euros ($7,824) a day, i m sorry we have to earn kommen sie ensure operation and maintenance there is no using tax money," structure chairman martin Blach calculates. Blach, that qualified as a Catholic theologian, sees self as transferring on the tradition of die former residents: "The Cistercians didn"t nur pray. They so ran a business empire."

Eberbach became world famous together a film backdrop


The put brothers" refectory

Eberbach Abbey in reality did when own vast expanses des land and vineyards. In the 15th century, the monks had a now-lost 70,000 liter wine barrel made, i beg your pardon Vincentius Opsopoeus, die Bavarian humanist and contemporary von the cooper who made it, inserted on a level with ns pyramids: "Is notfall Eberbach"s barrel also comparable to die wonders des the ancients? ours planet will nevermore own a bigger one."

yet it wasn"t ns barrel that brought the abbey welt fame. Instead it was the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud und Scottish actor Sean Connery. Bei 1985 and 1986, for the film version von Umberto Eco"s dark medieval murder mystery "The benennen of the Rose," Eberbach Abbey was the location weil das almost all ns interior scenes. Annaud had visited around 300 monasteries in several countries before he make his choice.

zum shooting, a complete set of medieval-style choir stalls was constructed bei the normally empty basilica. Some des what the film crew left behind can blieb be watched today. Die abbey is blieb reaping the benefits of the substantial popularity von the film version des "The benennen of die Rose."

A venue zum great music und romantic weddings


The monastery basilica serves as a concert hall zum the Rheingau Music Festival.

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In die present day, Eberbach Abbey has established itself together a hotel and conference center. Ns compound can be rented for evening events, und Eberbach has long been a hauptsächlich venue for the Rheingau Music Festival. What used kommen sie be die chambers des the monastery"s abbots serves together a branch von the regional registry office. In 2015 alone, about 80 couples tied die knot there.

When die foundation was established, the zustand of hessen agreed to fund a belastung comprehensive renovation of the whole compound und all its structures from public coffers. Die work has jetzt been going on zum 30 years und isn"t expected zu be finished until 2024. Amongst other things, restoration des the basilica"s interior, renovation des the cloister wall und the ost wing von the enclosure ausblüten have zu be brought out.

wie finished, ns complete refurbishment will oase cost 129 million euros ($144.19 millions). "What began in 1986 we"re currently again renovating in our arbeiten now," says martin Blach, "like Cologne Cathedral. Wie you"ve finished arbeiten on ns front, you start all end again at ns back."


Eberbach Abbey together a film and television backdrop

Between dignity und fame

despite all ns activities, ns monastery"s administration says the tries kommen sie maintain die dignity des the place. "Film murders have taken ar here. That was borderline, yet we tolerated it," die foundation chairman reports. "With naked photos, zum instance, us did intervene."

early on this year, there were again heated debates around a rental contract. Die popular fact talent show "Deutschland sucht den Superstar, " ns German version of "Pop Idol," was given permission zu shoot one of its finals of its competition bei the Cistercian monastery. The friends of Eberbach Abbey promptly expressed "ethical and moral reservations." die monastery"s unternehmen manager defended the move, saying, "We didn"t take ns decision zu allow staging a final here lightly or hastily, however instead considered it carefully und sensitively." He added that ns broadcast was a chance to kindle young people"s enthusiasm for this fascinating place. The zeigen will be recorded on april 20.