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Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Der Kreuzgang des Neumuensterstiftes / The Cloister of the Neumuenster Seminary

 
 
Der Kreuzgang des Neumuensterstiftes / The Cloister of the Neumuenster Seminary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 25, 2017
1. Der Kreuzgang des Neumuensterstiftes / The Cloister of the Neumuenster Seminary Marker
Inscription. Der Kreuzgang des Neumuensterstiftes ist einer des ältesten und schönsten im Frankenlande. Er wurde zur Zeit Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossas - um das Jahr 1170 errichtet. Nur ein Flügel des Gevierts um den Grashof, genannt Lusamgarten, blieb durch die Jahrhunderte erhalten und wurde in 1953 hier wieder aufgebaut.

Walther von der Vogelweide der unsterbliche Minnesänger des Staufferzeit der durch kaiserliche Gnade seinen Lebendsabend im Stift verbrachte, wurde hier im Jahre 1230 im Lusamgarten zur letzen Ruhe gebettet.

[English translation:]
The cloister of the Neumuenster Seminary is one of the nicest and oldest in Franconia. (Franconia is the cultural region in which Würzburg is located.) It was constructed during the reign of the Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa - around the year 1170. Only one wing that enclosed the grassy courtyard square, called the Lusam Garden, has survived the intervening centuries, and was reconstructed here in 1953.

Walther von der Vogelweide, the immortal minstrel from the Stauffer era (the Staufer dynasty: 1138 - 1254 AD), who because of the imperial honors he received was able to live in the seminary during his twilight years, was laid to eternal rest here in 1230.
 
Location.

Der Kreuzgang des Neumuensterstiftes / The Cloister of the Neumuenster Seminary Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 25, 2017
2. Der Kreuzgang des Neumuensterstiftes / The Cloister of the Neumuenster Seminary Marker - Wide View
Looking east from the western end of the courtyard, the cloister is visible on the left, as is the marker just to the left of the entryway to Martinstrasse.
49° 47.643′ N, 9° 55.906′ E. Marker is in Würzburg, Bavaria. Marker can be reached from Martinstrasse just south of Eichhornstrasse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Martinstrasse 4, Würzburg, Bavaria 97070, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schönbornkapelle / Schönborn Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Hof Guttenberg / St. Gallus House (within shouting distance of this marker); Rabbiner Seligmann Bär Bamberger (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Frühgotische Doppeltoranlage / Early Gothic Double-Gate Structure (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Antonius Neidhardt Graf von Gneisenau / Field Marshal Antonius Neidhardt, Count of Gneisenau (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Johann Lukas Schönlein (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Lower Main Mill (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Priesterseminar / Seminary (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Würzburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in a courtyard just off of Martinstrasse, just north of the Würzburg Cathedral.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lusamgärtchen (WürzburgWiki, in German). (Translated and paraphrased:) The Cloister was rediscovered in the 1880's during demolition of an outbuilding of the Neumuenster
Cloister Detail - St. Kilian image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 25, 2017
3. Cloister Detail - St. Kilian
Seminary, and then rebuilt/installed in the Franconian Luitpold Museum in the early 1900's. The museum was destroyed in aerial bombing of Würzburg on March 16, 1945, but the Cloister was undamaged. In 1953 the Cloister was returned to the seminary grounds and re-installed. (Submitted on January 1, 2018.) 

2. Walther von der Vogelweide (Wikipedia). "Walther von der Vogelweide (c. 1170 – c. 1230) was a Minnesänger, who composed and performed love-songs and political songs ("Sprüche") in Middle High German. Walther has been described as greatest German lyrical poet before Goethe; his hundred or so love-songs are widely regarded as the pinnacle of Minnesang, the medieval German love lyric, and his innovations breathed new life into the tradition of courtly love. He is also the first political poet writing in German, with a considerable body of encomium, satire, invective, and moralising." (Submitted on January 1, 2018.) 
 
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Walther von der Vogelweide Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 25, 2017
4. Walther von der Vogelweide Memorial
In addition to the cloister, within the courtyard is also found a memorial to Walther von der Vogelweide, the minstrel-poet.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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