The Franciscan Abbey of Kongsfelden is in between the small villages of Windisch and Brugg. Elizabeth von Habsburg established the monastery in 1308. She established the monastery to mark the location where her spouse was killed by a duke. The monastery was then given to a Franciscan monk and nun community. After the death of Elizabeth, her daughter continued to work on it. Her daughter was quite famous herself, Agnes of Hungary. In the Reformation each of these communities were disbanded and the monastery buildings were turned into a hospital for the mentally ill in 1804.
At the time the hospital was moved to its new location later on in the 1800s, the majority of the monastery buildings were torn down. The church, though, survived. It was built in the early 1300s, and it took on the form of a gigantic Gothic basilica with a ceiling made of wood. The aisles have wooden panels with depictions of coats of arms and knights. It is interesting to walk through the church and see the depictions that go back so many centuries. There are almost a dozen big stained-glass windows, and they are some of the best in Swizterland. They were designed in the early 1300s, and they were restored in the 1980s, and the windows have stories of the adventures of the saints, the Apostles, the Virgin, and Christ.
If you’re a student of church history, then this church is not to be missed. It should definitely be included on your tour of churches in Switzerland. It goes back more than 700 years, and it was commissioned for a very special reason. It was established to identify where a woman lost her husband. This church had a very personal reason for its being created, and the wife of the dead man had a daughter that continued on with the work. This church’s unique personal story and the big stained glass windows are just a couple of the reasons why you should visit this historically important church in Konigsfelden.
Konigsfelden Monastery is a former Franciscan monastery, and it houses nuns and a Franciscan friar. It is located in the Windisch municipality in the Aargau canton in the country of Switzerland.
Kloster Kongsfelden Photo Gallery
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