Asbeck Abbey in Legden | Place of interest in Münsterland
The Asbeck Monastery in Legden
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Between Beethoven and eventful architectural history
Asbeck Abbey

Asbeck Abbey

In Asbeck, a district of the small municipality of Legden, the then Münster bishop Werner von Steußlingen had an imposing double monastery built between 1132 and 1151. Originally planned for nuns and brothers of the Premonstratensian Order, it was firmly in women's hands after a few years.

From a nunnery to a convent for women

As early as 1173, the double monastery became a purely nunnery before it was converted into a ladies' convent in the 16th century. The most famous lady of Asbeck was Therese von Zandt, who belonged to the convent from 1783 until its dissolution. She came to prominence as the supposed mistress of Beethoven. Her two sons also became composers. A separate cabinet is dedicated to her, which is now located in the Hun Gate of the former Abbey grounds. You can find out more about it in the video below. All in all, the monastery existed until 1805 and then became the property of the Prince of Salm Horstmar.

Other highlights at Asbeck Abbey

The Romanesque dormitory is also worth seeing: built around 1200, it is one of the few examples of Romanesque secular architecture in north-west Germany and houses, among other things, the Asbeck Abbey Museum.

Another highlight of the Asbeck programme is the annual "Schnadgang": Noble damsels and brave knights set out together with the Asbeck footmen to control the borders. What had a serious background in the days of the noble ladies' convent and the knightly house of Asbeck - border disputes including fisticuffs and shootings - now serves as a social event.

Video about Therese von Zandt

In the summer of 2020, a video about the eventful life of Therese von Zandt at Asbeck Abbey was produced as part of the "Filmmakers to Lend" project. More about the exceptionally emancipated German pianist, singer and mother can be discovered in the Theresen cabinet of the Heimatverein Asbeck.

Film: Simon Büchting/Münsterland e.V. | Performer: Daniela Daldrup

Permanent exhibition on the history of the Abbey

Today, the time of the noble abbey ladies has long been a thing of the past. But what remains is the great wealth of valuable church treasures that bring the history of the monastery to life. Impressive goldsmith's art next to jewels from the tradition-rich history of pilgrimage: a visit to the former abbey should not be complete without a tour of the museum in the former dormitory.

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There and back - the story of a walk

Like most monasteries, Asbeck Abbey was dissolved in the course of secularisation in 1805. After the dissolution of the monastery, most parts were demolished. A special feature here is the two-storey arcaded gallery of the former cloister, which must have been in need of travelling: in 1867 the arcature was demolished, taken to Müsnter and used for the construction of the Diocesan Museum in Münster. When the museum itself was demolished just under 100 years later, the building elements were returned to Asbeck and - – and fell into oblivion. Thanks to a lucky find in the attic and voluntary commitment, the gallery was rebuilt in its original place in 2004 and can now tell by far the most exciting story among the monastery's architectural witnesses.

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Service at Asbeck Abbey

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  • Museum in the house
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Asbeck Abbey

Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
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  • Saturday
    14:30 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr
  • Sunday
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  • Die Öffnungszeiten gelten auch an Feiertagen.
  • Die Öffnungszeiten gelten für das Dormitorium Asbeck.

Asbeck Abbey

Öffnungszeiten vom 15.04. to 15.10.
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  • Thursday
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  • Friday
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  • Sunday
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