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Saarbruecken Sankt Arnual [Back to Library]


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Description: The former Augustinian canons monastery of Sankt Arnual, which was converted into a Protestant monastery during the Reformation, dates back to the village of Merkingen, which the Merovingian king Theudebert II gave to the Metz bishop Arnual around 600.
The monastery was first mentioned in a document in 1135. Around 1550, the canons turned to the teachings of Martin Luther and tried to reform the monastery against Count Johann IV of Saarbrücken, which he forbade. He transferred the assets of the monastery to a separate foundation and thus dissolved the monastery. Since he died childless in 1574, the county of Saarbrücken fell to his Protestant cousins ​​from the Nassau-Weilburg line, who introduced the Reformation in 1575. Sankt Arnual has belonged to Saarbrücken since 1896.
The current collegiate church was built from 1315 to the end of the 14th century. A renovation took place in 1886-88, with a baroque tower dome and an organ gallery. As a result of the Saar expansion in the 1980s, the church almost collapsed because, in contrast to the nave, the choir is on the Saar floodplain and threatened to slide away. The church was stabilized and renovated over a 15-year construction period, and archaeological excavations were also carried out.
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