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Schöntal Monastery

Order hall, Schöntal Monastery. Image: Foto Besserer
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The Order Hall

The Baroque Order Hall in the New Abbey demonstrates the importance of the religious order. The elongated room in which the garb of various monks' orders, sisterhoods, or orders of knights are displayed is particularly impressive.

Painting gallery in the Order Hall, Schöntal Monastery. Image: Foto Besserer

The 302 pictures show the garb of all orders.

Gallery of several hundred paintings

Originally designed as an antechamber to the abbot's quarters in the New Abbey, the Baroque Order Hall was realized under Abbot Angelus Münch. Architect Christian Fluhr, who was responsible for reconstructing the convent building, also designed the Order Hall between 1737 and 1743. The paneled hall contains 302 pictures of the garb of all male and female orders, as well as order of knights. The three vows of the order, poverty, obedience and celibacy, are represented in the Order Hall.

Ceiling painting in the Order Hall, Schöntal Monastery. Image: Foto Besserer

The ceiling painting was created around 1760.

Pope and emperor in the ceiling painting

The ceiling paintings in the Order Hall were created in 1760. The pope, as the spiritual authority, and the emperor, as the secular authority, are displayed here. The pope is surrounded by cardinals, the emperor by prince-electors. Both are being handed a document. The representation is as reminder of the formation of the Cistercian monastery in Schöntal at the time of Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, who issued a writ of protection in 1157, and of Pope Eugene III, who acknowledged the monastery's founding.

Detail of painting in the Order Hall, Schöntal Monastery. Image: Foto Besserer
Detail of painting in the Order Hall, Schöntal Monastery. Image: Foto Besserer
Detail of painting in the Order Hall, Schöntal Monastery. Image: Foto Besserer

The paintings depict order garb in great detail; the respective order is noted below.

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