Bad Staffelstein is located in Franconia, in the north of Bavaria, which is the most southern of Germany’s 16 federal states.
A lot of tourists are lured by the numerous breweries and other attractions that are typical for this region. Bad Staffelstein offers a lot of cultural, natural and religious sights and is by the way located on the road to Compostela. The next bigger city is Lichtenfels.
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Text: © Tourist Information Centre Bad Staffelstein
Banz Monastery, with its 900 years of history, is located in the valley of the River Main in Upper Franconia. In about 1069 or 1071, Countess Alberada and her husband, Margrave Hermann of Vohburg, donated their castle on Mount Banz to the Benedictines as a monastery.
In the Thirty Year War, the abbey was destroyed; between 1698 and 1780, it was rebuilt and extended first by Leonhard Dientzenhofer, and then, after his death, by Johann Dientzenhofer and Balthasar Neumann, to become one of the biggest monasteries in Bavaria. When the abbey closed as a result of secularisation, the monastery’s last glorious era came to an end. In 1814, Duke Wilhelm of Bavaria acquired Banz as his summer residence.
Before being taken over by the Hanns Seidel Foundation as a meeting and education center in 1978, the monastery was in the possession of the missionary order of the „Society of the Holy Angels“. After extensive renovation and restoration work, the completion of Banz Monastery was celebrated in 1990.
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