Elchingen Abbey

Elchingen Abbey

Infobox Former Country
native_name = "Reichsabtei Elchingen"
conventional_long_name = Imperial Abbey of Elchingen
common_name = Elchingen
continent = Europe
region = Central Europe
country = Germany
era = Middle Ages
status = Vassal
status_text = Imperial Abbey of the Holy Roman Empire
empire = Holy Roman Empire
government_type = Theocracy
year_start = 1128
year_end = 1802
event_start = Founded by Counts
spaces|4of Dillingen

date_start =
event1 = Joined Council of Princes
date_event1 = 1793
event_end = Secularised to Bavaria
date_end =
p1 = Duchy of Swabia
image_p1 =
s1 = Electorate of Bavaria
flag_s1 = Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg

image_map_caption = Map of Württemberg before the French Revolutionary Wars, showing the Free Imperial City of Ulm, separating the two parts of the Imperial Abbey of Elchingen, with the Danube shown running through the centre of the image.
capital = Elchingen

Elchingen Abbey ( _de. Kloster Elchingen, Reichsabtei Elchingen) was a Benedictine monastery in Oberelchingen (in Elchingen) in Bavaria, Germany, in the diocese of Augsburg.


Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saints Peter and Paul, the monastery was founded by the Counts of Dillingen. The abbey was "reichsunmittelbar" (independent of territorial sovereignty and answering directly to the Holy Roman Emperor, and thus a territorial principality in its own right). The abbot sat in the Reichstag of the Holy Roman Empire.

The abbey was dissolved in 1802 during secularisation. By 1840 the buildings had been almost entirely demolished.

In 1921 the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate settled on the site.


* Brenner, Bernhard, 2003. "Das ehemalige Reichsstift Elchingen/Oberelchingen". In: "Klosterland Bayerisch Schwaben" Werner Schiedermair (ed.), pp216–219. Lindenberg Fink. ISBN 3-89870-127-1.
* Dirr, Albert, 1926. "Die Reichsabtei Elchingen von der Mitte des 15. bis zur Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts". Augsburg (also dissertation, University of Munich 1925)
* Konrad, Anton H., 1965. "Die Reichsabtei Elchingen. Ihr Bild im Wandel der Jahrhunderte". Weissenhorn: Konrad.
* Kramer, Ferdinand Kramer, 1991. "Wissenschaft und Streben nach 'Wahrer Aufklärung'. Ein Beitrag zur Aufklärung im ostschwäbischen Benediktinerkloster Elchingen", in: "Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte", 54 / 1991, 1:269-286 (ISSN|0044-2364)

External links

* [http://www1.ku-eichstaett.de/GGF/Landgesch/elchingen/elchingen.htm Records of Elchingen Abbey]
* [http://www.datenmatrix.de/projekte/hdbg/kloster/ Klöster in Bayern]

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