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The Norbertgymnasium NGK is housed in the monastery. A Catholic school where people still pray in the morning. Both Christian denominations are taught here.
Outside the monastery walls there is the Klosterhof restaurant, where there is the notorious Knechtstedener Schwarzbier (only here)
Concerts are also held in the monastery which are very popular.
November 18, 2017
One of the oldest pilgrimage sites in the Rhineland is on the Knechtstedener Busch: the Knechtsteden monastery near Dormagen. The former Premonstratensian Abbey with the towers of the monastery basilica of St. Maria and St. Andreas is already visible from afar - it is one of the most important Romanesque buildings of the. Embedded in a scenic environment of pastures, forests and fields, orchards and recultivated Rhenish floodplain forest Rheinlandes.
The Knechtsteden monastery is a Romanesque vaulted basilica built in tufa from 1138 to 1162 and was built as the collegiate church of the Premostaten Abbey. In the western apse of the basilica there is a monumental fresco from 1160 in which Christ is depicted as the ruler of the world. After considerable damage during the Neuss feud in 1474, the eastern apse was renovated in 1477 in the Gothic style. The basilica got its current interior from the restoration from 1962 to 1964.
Due to its special significance in art history and the centuries-long tradition as a place of pilgrimage to the image of grace "the misery of God" from the 14th century, the basilica was given the papal title "Basilica minor" in 1974.
Today the provincial office of the Spiritans is in Knechtsteden. The monastery is home to around 30 spiritual brothers and fathers. The Norbert Gymnasium, which is connected to a sports boarding school, is also located in the monastery buildings. The basilica of the monastery is open to visitors and interested parties are given an insight into the missionary work of the Spiritans in the “Libermann-Haus” conference center.
April 29, 2018
Kloster Knechtsteden is only five kilometers from the Dormagen motorway exit of the A 57. The Romanesque vaulted basilica, built by the Premonstratensians from 1130, is one of the most important sacred buildings in the region. After a major fire in 1869, the monastery was rebuilt by the Spiritans and has been under their leadership ever since. For years Knechtsteden served as an almost autonomous monastery village for around 450 people. It is the largest medieval monastery complex in the Archdiocese of Cologne.
In the meantime, in addition to pastoral-religious institutions, there are other places of reflection in the monastery. Schools, art workshops and artists' studios, accommodation, restaurants and much more have found their place in the walls of the monastery. A master optician school with a university branch also has its home in the monastery.
The monastery site was completely redesigned as part of the EUROGA 2002plus. Around Knechtsteden, numerous well-developed cycling and hiking trails through forest and field invite you to stay in nature. The orchard at Knechtsteden Monastery also contributes to this with over 300 fruit trees and 120 types of fruit, which offers a remarkable variety of old apple, pear, plum and cherry varieties typical of the Rhineland.
April 15, 2018
The Knechtsteden monastery
is a former Premonstratensian abbey from the early 12th century that has been in the possession of the Order of the Spirit since 1896. It is located west of Dormagen near the village of Delhoven.
The monastery complex consists of a spacious area, from which the imposing gatehouse and the monastery basilica St. Andreas protrude. The Catholic Norbert Gymnasium and a restaurant are also located on the monastery grounds. The monastery is surrounded by a local recreation and nature reserve.
December 20, 2016
History of the monastery
1138-1181 The church was built in Romanesque style as a collegiate church of the Premonstratensian abbey.
1160 Completion of the valuable fresco in the Western Apse.
1474-1477 During the Neusser feud the Ostapsis suffered heavy damages, so that Abbot Ludger had it renewed in 1477 in gothic style.
1631 The church receives new roofs. At the same time, the highwalls walls and the transept gables were raised, and the gables of the Viertsturm were walled in horizontally.
1678-1698 The cultivation of today's house chapel.
17./18.Jh. The church is decorated several times in the Baroque style - of this baroque interior is now nothing left.
1801 Escape of the Premonstratensians before Napoleon's troops. Secularization of the monastery.
1869 A fire destroyed the monastery and the church.
1895 Purchase of the ruin by the Spirtanerpater Acker. Start of the reconstruction.
1896 religious consecration for the mission house.
from 1878 building associations had the church renewed and also eliminate fire damage to the fresco in the western apse. After a design by architect Wiethase, today's choir windows were also made.
1938 On the occasion of the eight-hundredth anniversary, the interior was redrawn on the basis of old traces of paint.
1941 dissolution by the Nazis
1950-1952 restoration of the fresco and the south portal was encased.
1962-1964 Essential for today's interior was the restoration.
During these measures, the choir was lowered and discovered the tomb of Albertus Aquensis (+ ca 1162), Dean of the Cologne Cathedral and provost of the Aacher Minster.
He completed the church out of his inheritance and other means, and built the three towers. In the fresco you can see his picture at the feet of Christ.
1967 Closure of the Philosophical-Theological University
1974 Because of its outstanding art historical importance and the centuries-old pilgrimage to the picture of grace, the church received the papal title "Basilika minor".
1986-1997 Extensive renovation of the basilica is made.
1996 The provincial council of the Spiritans is transferred to Knechtsteden.
April 29, 2018
The oldest branch of the German Spiritans (since 1895) is the mother house in the medieval monastery complex Knechtsteden. In the Mission House Knechtsteden are today the seat of the leadership of the German Spiritans, the largest community of Spiritans and a medical center for confreres in need of care. As a religious and cultural center, Knechtsteden is important for Christians and non-Christians far beyond the region.
The association for the Knechtsteden Mission House supports the Spiritans in maintaining the monastery complex and the tasks of the Spiritual Order.
Times of worship
On Sundays and public holidays:
8:00 am Holy Mass
10.30 Holy Mass (ministry)
6:00 p.m. Holy Mass
7.30 Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Sacrament
6:00 p.m. Holy Mass
Saturday and before public holidays
3.30 - 4.30 p.m.
April 6, 2018
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