Gandersheim Abbey

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Gandersheim Abbey

Bad Gandersheim, Landkreis Northeim, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany Add to Map
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(German: Stift Gandersheim) is a former house of secular canonesses founded in 852 by Duke Liudolf of Saxony, progenitor of the Liudolfing or Ottonian dynasty. The "Imperial free secular foundation of Gandersheim" (Kaiserlich freie weltliche Reichsstift Gandersheim), as it was officially known from the 13th century to its dissolution in 1810, was a community of the unmarried daughters of the high nobility, leading a godly life but not under monastic vows.

The original Romanesque church building is still visible, with Gothic extensions. The present church building, which has been subject to restoration in the 19th and 20th centuries, was begun in about 1100 and dedicated in 1168. Remains of the previous building are incorporated into the present structure.

Gandersheim Abbey was a proprietary foundation by Duke Liudolf of Saxony and his wife Oda, who during a pilgrimage to Rome in 846[citation needed] obtained the permission of Pope Sergius II for the new establishment and also the relics of the sainted former popes Anastasius and Innocent,[2] who are still the patron saints of the abbey church. The community settled first at Brunshausen. The first abbess was Hathumod, a daughter of Liudolf, as were the two succeeding abbesses. In 856 construction began on the church at Gandersheim and in 881 Bishop Wigbert dedicated it to the Saints Anastasius, Innocent and John the Baptist, after which the community moved in.

The abbey is now used by the Evangelical-Lutheran kirche.

  • Added: 10 Jan 2016
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