Monday, May 08, 2006

Kloster Eberbach

Since I have been tempting you with all the wine in my previous post, I'll take you to an abbey today: Kloster Eberbach. But as you can probably already guess, even the abbey has to do with the wine business. It actually played (and still plays) a central role in it.

The monks from Kloster Eberbach (together with the monks from Johannisberg) had been the first ones to grow wine in the Rheingau. They had been very successful in it, so that the abbey, although a bit hidden in a valley, grew quite large. In about 1525 it is said that they had an enormous wine barrel with a volume of between ca. 50,000 and 100,000 litres. Due to secularization the abbey lost its assets and territory in 1803.

Nowadays it hosts large events like the "Rheingau Musik Festival", or smaller ones like the "International Easter Egg Fair". You can visit the former abbey where interior scenes of the film "The Name of the Rose" with Sean Connery were filmed. And there are regular wine tastings and also big wine auctions taking place as well.

14 Comments:

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Kala said...

this is such a nice building - I like the light effect -did you take this in the evening time?

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger Maya said...

very interesting history of wine for sure...most people would've guessed it. we do have some old monasteries also around my area that still make wines. maybe when i visit one at least i'll show pictures...

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Seesaw said...

Beautiful photo of beautiful Kloster.

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Merili said...

Great composition of the building and the tower. I like the angle as well.

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous sebastian said...

nice shoot from the rheingau!

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Markus said...

One of the stories i remember from school in kiedrich was the story of how it was decided where the Kloseter was to be built. Nicola can help me out here, but I think the story goes something like this...back in the day (wich was a wednesday, by the way, random fact there), a bunch of monks were in the woods and they saw a wild boar (a male one is called "Eber" I believe) and that pig dragged his snout through the forrest and so created the outline of where the Kloster was built. Something like that anyway. I dont know, i always liked that story. One of my best friends growing up lived in one of the apartments they have in the Kloster now.

 
At 10:55 PM, Anonymous deji77 said...

lovely shot. nice sky and love the lighting.
i find it strange that monks were also into wine making. i thought they're supposed to be always sober? :)

 
At 11:25 PM, Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

beautiful building...nice capture wt nice sunlight and great sky:-) also great info:-)

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

Lovely building. Did those priests drank the 100,000 liters of wine? ;-)

 
At 4:44 AM, Blogger micki said...

You're posts are as interesting as Wikpedia and with better photos! Great sunlight on the abbey.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Lorraine said...

there's just something about the buildings you capture that really speak to me...well done!

 
At 1:19 AM, Blogger perle de rosée said...

A beautiful monastery ! Splendid architecture of the past.

 
At 4:42 AM, Blogger anoop said...

very nice perspective and perfect light!

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you all for your comments. Always appreciated! :)

Nicholas - yes, I took it around 6pm when we started a tour through the abbey including a wine tasting.

thegerman349 - Oh, I didn't know that story. Must be something passed on between the real "Kiedricher" ;). Thanks for sharing it!

deji77 - I guess their excuse was that they needed the wine for the mass. ;)

Sidney - no they couldn't. There was a peasant uprising in the area. They came to Kloster Eberbach and drank all the wine. That was then the end of the uprising since it had been super easy to arrest all of them ;).

Micki - Thank you! :)

 

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