- Ellwangen Abbey
Infobox Former Country
native_name = "Reichskloster Ellwangen"
conventional_long_name = Imperial Abbey of Ellwangen
common_name = Ellwangen Abbey
continent = Europe
region = Rhine basin
country = Germany
era = Middle Ages
status = Abbey
empire = Holy Roman Empire
government_type = Theocracy
year_start = 1011
year_end = 1802
event_pre = Founded
date_pre = "ca"
event_start = Gained "
date_start = probably
event1 = "Reichsfreiheit" confirmed
event2 = Converted to
event_end = Mediatised to the
Duchy of Württemberg
p1 = Duchy of Swabia
s1 = Duchy of Württemberg
flag_s1 = Flagge Königreich Württemberg.svg
capital = Ellwangen Abbey
Ellwangen Abbey (Kloster Ellwangen) was the earliest Benedictine monastery established in what is now
Baden-Württemberg, in Ellwangenabout 60 miles / 100 km north-east of Stuttgart.
It was founded by
Hariolfus, Bishop of Langres, in about 764, although there is some evidence that it may have been as early as 732. It later became a " Reichsabtei" (imperial abbey), a privilege probably granted in 1011 by the Emperor Henry II and afterwards confirmed by the Emperor Charles IV in 1347.
Ellwangen in its early days produced many distinguished men. Abbots Lindolf and Erfinan were famous authors of their time, according to Mabillon. Abbot Gebhard wrote part of the Life of Saint Ulrich but died before completing it. Abbot Ermenrich (c. 845) was the author of the life of
Saint Solusref|Solus. The monk Adalberowas made Bishop of Augsburgin 894. Abbot Lindebert became Archbishop of Mainz, as also did Abbot Hatto (891). Saint Gebhard, Abbot of Ellwangen, became Bishop of Augsburg in 995. Abbot Milo about the middle of the tenth century was one of the visitors appointed for the visitation of the Abbey of St. Gall.
The Benedictine occupation of the abbey came to an end in the first half of the fifteenth century. In
1460it was changed into a college of secular canons under the rule of a provost.
Nothing is known of Ellwangen's property during the period of its Benedictine history, but in the 18th century, after it had passed into the hands of the secular canons, its possessions included the court manor of
Ellwangen, the manors of Jagstzell, Neuler, Rötlen, Tannenburg, Wasseralfingen, Abtsgmünd, Kochenburg near the town of Aalen, Heuchlingenon the River Lein, and Lautern.
Most of the ecclesiastical buildings still exist, though they are no longer used for religious purposes. In the secularisation of 1802 the abbey was dissolved and its assets taken over by the
Duchy of Württemberg.
* Mabillon (ed.), "Acta Sanctorum", vol. 4
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