State rooms of the residence
Residence Square 4
87435 KemptenOpening hours:
April to September: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 - 15.45
October: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00
November, January, February, March: Saturday & Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
December (only during the Christmas market): every day except Monday from 12.15 - 16.00Guides:
every 45 minutes
The princely residence in Kempten (Allgäu) is the first monumental monastery complex that was built in Germany after the Thirty Years' War. Under the prince abbot Roman Giel of Gielsberg was begun 1651 at the location of the destroyed medieval Benediktinerklosters with the new building of the baroque monastery arrangement. As a master builder, the Vorarlberger Michael Beer was busy first. His successor was the Graubünden architect Johann Serro. At the same time, the collegiate and parish church of St. Lawrence was built, which is connected to the residence via a sacristy building. The highlight of the interior design are the State Rooms, which was commissioned by the Prince Abbot Anselm von Reichlin-Meldegg until 1743. The lavish splendor of its furnishings with paintings by the Italian-trained Franz Georg Hermann, sculptures by the Munich court sculptor Egid Verhelst (1696-1749) and stucco by Johann Georg Üblher and other artists of the Wessobrunn school make it one of the most important buildings of the South German Rococo ,The architecture of the residence as a twin farm complex is a fundamental new concept that should be groundbreaking for the further development of the southern German monastery architecture; a century later, it was impressively quoted and continued during the construction of the monastery Ottobeuren. The residence was also the princely seat and monastery. Originally, the stately rooms were set up in the eastern tracts, with the entrance to the courtyard from the courtyard opening onto the courtyard. The western, church-oriented area served as a retreat and spiritual life. With the construction of the state rooms in the 1740s on the southwest side they exchanged the use of: The eastern tract was assigned to the Convention, the western part served the princely court.Today, the residence serves as a courthouse for the district and district court Kempten. The sightseeing tours through the State Rooms are organized by the Heimatverein Kempten. "Hausherr" is the Bavarian administration of state castles, gardens and lakes.
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