Library, Abbey of Schussenried


The Premonstratensian Abbey of Schussenried in Upper Swabia was founded in the twelfth century. Badly damaged during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), it underwent a major Rococo reconstruction and renovation starting in 1752. Planned by architect Dominikus Zimmermann (1685–1766), the work was carried out by his student Jakob Emele. South German cloisters were a major site of Catholic scholarship and education, with ornate libraries such as Schussenried serving to propagate a triumphant image of Catholic learning to visitors and locals alike.


Source: Library, Abbey of Schussenried. Photo: Marco Schneiders.

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Johannes May, Bibliotheksaal Schussenried: Kleinod des Rokoko und geistvoller Bilderkosmos. Bad Buchau: Federseeverlag, 1991.

Johannes May, “Die himmlische Bibliothek im Prämonstratenserkloster Schussenried,” Marbacher Magazin 87/1999, special issue; variation: Marbacher Magazin 87. Marbach [am Neckar]: Deutsche Schillergesellschaft, 2000.

Library, Abbey of Schussenried, published in: German History Intersections, <> [November 30, 2023].