The Maria Laach Abbey

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Aerial view © Dr.G.Schmitz

Aerial view © Dr.G.Schmitz

Maria Laach Abbey (in German: Abtei Maria Laach) is a Benedictine abbey situated on the southwestern shore of the Laacher See (Lake Laach), near Andernach, in the Eifel region of the Rhineland-Palatinate. It is a member of the Beuronese Congregation within the Benedictine Confederation. The abbey was known for nearly 770 years as “Abtei Laach” (“Abbatia Lacensis” or “Laach Abbey”, meaning the “Lake Abbey”) until 1862 when the Jesuits added the name “Maria”.

The abbey church of Maria Laach is considered a masterpiece of German Romanesque architecture,[4] with its multiple towers, large westwork with arcaded gallery, and unique west porch.

The east end has a round apse flanked by twin square towers. Over the transept crossing is a broad cupola with cone-shaped roof. The monumental west façade includes a west choir with apse flanked by round twin towers and a square central tower.

Lake Laach with Maria Laach Abbey © Gewa13 © Fritz Geller-Grimm © Fritz Geller-Grimm © Fritz Geller-Grimm © Nikanos Aerial view © Dr.G.Schmitz
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Lake Laach with Maria Laach Abbey © Gewa13
The Paradise, a single-story, colonnaded west porch surrounding a small courtyard, was added in about 1225. It recalls the architecture of Early Christian basilicas. Its capitals are richly carved with human and mythical figures. The imaginative mason is known as the Laacher Samson-Meister or “Master of the Laach Samson,” whose carvings are also found in Cologne and elsewhere. The Lion Fountain in the courtyard was added in 1928.

Notable features of the interior include the tomb of the founder Pfalzgraf Heinrich II (dating from 1270), 16th-century murals, a Late Romanesque baldachino in the apse, and interesting modern decorations such as mosaics from c.1910 and stained glass windows from the 1950s.

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