Baindt Abbey

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Imperial Abbey of Baindt
Reichskloster Baindt
Imperial Abbey of the Holy Roman Empire


Coat of arms

Baindt Abbey; drawing of 1889, based on earlier image
Capital Baindt Abbey
Government Elective principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Founded 1240
 -  Gained immediacy 1376
 -  Destroyed in German
    Peasants' War

 -  Destroyed in Thirty Years' War 1643
 -  Secularised to
Today part of  Germany

The Imperial Abbey of Baindt (German: Reichskloster Baindt) was a Cistercian nunnery in Baindt in the district of Ravensburg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


The abbey was founded in 1240 by Konrad of Winterstetten. It was granted imperial immediacy in 1376, although it was subordinate to Salem Abbey.

The abbey was destroyed in 1525 in the German Peasants' War and again in 1643 in the Thirty Years' War. It was rebuilt and refurbished in Baroque style in the 18th century.

Baindt Abbey was dissolved during the secularisation of 1802 and its territory transferred to the Counts of Aspermont-Linden.

The abbey church of Our Lady became the parish church, to which the remains of the founder were transferred in 1842, after demolition of the claustral buildings had begun in 1841.

The church, now dedicated to St. John the Baptist is home to a depiction of Our Lady of Ludźmierz.


In 1903 the former gatehouse of the abbey was bought by the Franciscan sisters of Heiligenbronn.


  • Beck, O. (ed.), 1990: Baindt. Hortus floridus. Geschichte und Kunstwerke der früheren Zisterzienserinnen-Reichsabtei. Festschrift zur 750-Jahrfeier der Klostergründung, 1240–1990. Munich and Zurich: Schnell und Steiner. ISBN 3-7954-0727-3
  • Beck, O., nd: Kath. Pfarrkirche St. Johannes Baptist in Baindt. Kunstverlag Josef Fink. ISBN 3-931820-87-4

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Coordinates: 47°50′34″N 9°39′57″E / 47.84278°N 9.66583°E / 47.84278; 9.66583