Abbey Church of Otterberg

The Abbey Church of Otterberg was founded in 1143 by Cistercians as the abbey church of a daughter abbey of the Eberbach monastery. In the 15th century, the monastery slowly declined. In 1504, and in 1525 during the Peasants' War, the monastery was burned and plundered. At the end of the 16th century, the abbey church began to be used simultaneously by the Catholic and Protestant parishes, but not without causing disputes. In 1708, therefore, a separation wall was built between the two spaces. The choir hall with the transept is now used as the Catholic part, the remaining nave as the Protestant part. In 1979, the wall was removed as part of a major renovation, but the structure of the property was not changed.

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Synagogue in Fußgönheim

The synagogue in Fußgönheim was built in 1842. A Jewish community lived in Fußgönheim from 1684; a Jewish cemetery existed in the village from 1821 at the latest. The synagogue, built in 1842, burnt down on 19th August 1901 but was rebuilt the following year. Closed from 1928, the building was spared the pogroms of November 1938 and was used as a warehouse until then. Since 1997, the former synagogue building has been used by the German Potato Museum. Inside, some of the decorative paintings from the Jewish period have been preserved.