Marienmünster Abbey

Marienmünster Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery, dissolved in 1803. Founded in 1127, the monastery reached its peak in the 12th and 13th centuries. During the Thirty Years' War, the monastery and the church were badly damaged and had to be rebuilt from 1661 onwards. From 1965 to 2014, Passionists lived there and pastored the surrounding parishes.

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Paderborn Cathedral

Saint Liborius Cathedral in Paderborn was founded in the 8th century, but the present building dates mainly from the 13th century. In the crypt, one of the largest in Germany, the relics of St Liborius are kept. The church was restored with Baroque additions after the Thirty Years' War, during the reign of Prince-Bishop Dietrich Adolf, and also had to be rebuilt after the bombings of the Second World War. These later additions and reconstructions did not fundamentally alter the overall appearance of the building. The church is recognisable by its large Romanesque tower from the 13th century.

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The Gaukirche was built around 1170-80. The church became a monastery church in 1231, to which two chapels were added in the 14th century. In the 18th century, the architect Franz Christoph Nagel (1699-1764) redesigned the church in Baroque style. In 1810, at the time of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Westphalia, the monastery was secularized. Between 1883 and 1887, the church was extensively restored and the Baroque furniture was removed and fitted with neo-Gothic elements, which were themselves removed in 1938.