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The Benedictine monastery of Weltenburg is the oldest monastery in Bavaria and was founded around 600 A.D. by the monks of St. Columbanus. It is situated near the entrance to the scenic Danube gorge, on the northern slopes of the Arzberg mountain, near the site of the ancient Celtic settlement of Artobriga.
The baroque church was built by the architect brothers Cosmas Damian Asam and Aegid Quirin Asam. Work began in 1716 by order of Maurus Baechl, abbot of Weltenburg from 1713 to 1743; the entrance hall completing the building was finished in 1751 by Franz Anton Neu.
In the entrance hall, we find symbolic representations of the Four Last Things (death, judgement, heaven and hell) and the four seasons which remind us of the passing of all earthly things. Furthermore, there is an oil painting by Franz Asam depicting the Last Judgement; the two confessionals with reliefs of St. Peter and St. Mary Magdalen doing penance invite us to meditation and contemplation.
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