"Rot an der Rot --- A Monastery Town" Rot an der Rot by gubbi1

Rot an der Rot Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 38 photos

On a weekend I planned to make a sightseeing trip into the region of my hometown. Some time before during some research on the web a place caught my attention, which lookes quite interesting. It was Rot an der Rot. So I drove north crossing the border between Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg to have a look at the historical town of Rot an der Rot. The place originates from a monastery, which was founded here in 1126. Two beautifully decorated churchs can be visited here. They are connected by the 'Mönchsroter Pfad', which is a village walk along the touristic sites of Rot. Signs are explaining the history at several spots of interest.

The photo above shows the Oberes Tor (Upper Gate), which used to be part of the walls that surrounded the monastery area. It was built in 1714 while the design of the wall paintings was changed in 1911 by the painter Richard Aich. The gate door is newly made but painted as the original with the crowned Imperial Eagle as a symbol for the Imperial Immediacy. The coat of arms is the one of the constructor of the Upper Gate Abbot Hermann Vogler (1711-1739).

The Parish Church St. Verena (former abbey church) is named after her patron, the Sainted Verena. According to a legend Verena was born in Theben, Egypt, around 300. Her uncle was the leader of the Theben Army following the christian religion. With them Verena came to Europe, where after a defeat, she dedicated her life for the treatment of the ill and poor. Because she help a priest in the home, she became Patron of the Housekeeper. During a famine she organised bread what made her the Patron of the Bakermen. And being chased she once swam with a millstone through the Rhine in Koblenz making her the Patron of the Skipper.
The church was built between 1777 an 1786 on the foundations baroque church that was built here after a mediavel church had been destroyed by a fire in 1681. The style of the church represents the transition from baroque to classicism.

A quite different look has the Brotherhood Church St. Johann. It is of late baroque style and invites the believer in a festive atmosphere. The church was built inbetween 1739 and 1741. Its purpose was to house the Rosary Brotherhood which until then had its chapel in the cloister of the monastery.

-> Official page of Rot an der Rot.

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  • Pros:Historical religious place.
  • Last visit to Rot an der Rot: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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