Franciscan Abbey, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The Franciscan Abbey of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (German: Franziskanerkloster Rothenburg o.d. Tauber) is a former monastery for the Conventual Franciscans in the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria in the diocese of Bamberg. Nowadays the former abbey church is an Evangelical Lutheran parish church.
The abbey, consecrated to the Virgin Mary was founded in 1281 by Hermann von Hornburg, Schultheiß and others. It folded in 1548 in the wake of the Reformation. In the buildings of the freely-abandoned abbey a school of latin was formed; later it became the dower residence of priests' widows. In 1805 the building became, inter alia, a salt store. Parts of the building (cloisters, refectory, etc.) were demolished, much of the inventory destroyed or sold (e.g. the so-called Wiblinger Altar by Tilman Riemenschneider). In spite of that the church today is an important example of a mendicant order church with a rood screen and important art treasures.
- Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Franziskaner at www.datenmatrix.de. Accessed on 26 Jul 2011.