Backnang Abbey

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Collegiate church.

The Backnang Abbey , consecrated to Saint Pankratius , was a regulated Augustinian canon monastery .

It was founded before 1116 by Hermann II , Margrave of Verona and Baden , and his wife Judith at the Backnang church. In 1116 Pope Paschal I confirmed the foundation. As early as 1123 the monastery had to be renovated with the help of Augustinians from the Marbach monastery in Alsace .

St. Pancras was 1123-1243 grave lay of the Zähringers related Margrave of Baden . Due to this importance, the monastery quickly gained wealth and influence.

Abbey with a star-vaulted choir (1504)

Since the Baden area of ​​influence subsequently developed increasingly southwest of Backnang, Backnang was already exposed in the 13th century and exposed to the influence of Württemberg . Margravine Irmengard therefore transferred the remains of her husband Hermann V to the local Cistercian monastery in Lichtental in 1243 .

In 1297 Backnang became part of Württemberg, and in 1366 Count Eberhard II also achieved sovereignty over the finances of the monastery. In 1477 the monastery was converted into a collegiate monastery with the approval of Pope Sixtus IV . In 1535 the monastery was abolished. The Backnang Canons, however, complained to Emperor Karl V that the monastery was briefly occupied again in 1551. The last canon died in 1593, so the monastery was finally abolished.

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Coordinates: 48 ° 56 ′ 45.9 ″  N , 9 ° 25 ′ 55.9 ″  E