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Maria Laach Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 90 photos

Maria Laach, originally Abbatia S. Mariae ad Lacum or just “Laach” (lake) is situated in a geologically interesting area near the largest of the Eifel Lakes, surrounded by green forests, meadows and fields. The present name dates only from the 19th century, when it was adopted by the Jesuit order who established their Collegium Maximum here from 1863 to 1872. The lake owes its origin to a volcanic cave-in; it is a maar and not a crater lake, as often been assumed. It is true that a violent eruption took place at a time when man already settled here. The ejected pumiceous cinders were deposited towards the east far beyond the Rhine and all over the Westerwald. They are the origin of the pumice block industry that one can find today in the region.
The Laach area first became important in 1093 when Count Palatine Henry II of the House of Luxemburg-Salm and his consort, Adelheid of Orlamünde conceived the plan of founding a Benedictine abbey here. Richly endowed, it was to be a centre for the praise of God and also the last resting place of the childless founders.
The first monks who lived here were summoned from the Abbey of St. Maimin at Trier.
The church was consecrated in the year 1156 and with this the young foundation prospered. During French occupation the monastery was oppressed and for 90 years the church stood deserted. Hence in the year 1862 the monastery was transferred into the hands of the Jesuit order.
Today the church and monastery as well as the adjacent buildings are a popular place to visit.

  • Last visit to Maria Laach: Feb 2005
  • Intro Written Feb 6, 2005
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  • Jan 20, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Mike~ I would like to visit Maria Laach and live in New Jersey USA. What airport would you suggest I fly into? Thks Jerry

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    Nov 22, 2006 at 4:39 AM

    again totally impressed by your detailed knowledge of the locale! greetings, Win

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    Feb 10, 2005 at 4:58 PM

    Hi Mike, visited the page last nite, forgotten to leave a comment. ....excellent presented. I dreamt about Maria Laach, has been my playground! greets Waltraud

  • Feb 8, 2005 at 7:46 AM

    Just thought I would check this place out... lovely intro photo Mike!


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