St. Mang’s Abbey in the Allgau
St. Mang: The Benedictine abbey in Fussen
The Benedictine abbey of St. Mang was founded by St. Magnus around 750 AD.
The incredibly symmetrical Baroque building was designed by the local architect Johan Jakob Herkomer, who received most of his education in Venice. For this reason, the abbey’s architecture has a wonderful Italian style to it.
The “Imperial Hall” is the main highlight of St. Mang’s Abbey in Fussen. The richly stuccoed decor and many frescoes were designed by interior architect Andrea Mainian and then brought to life by the court painter, Franz Georg Hermann. Every year, from June until September, a number of concerts are held in this magnificent hall in Bavaria.
The many paintings located in the abbey highlight its significance as a worldly, spiritual centre. In the 18th Century, the building was already thought to be remarkable, especially because of its uniquely arranged library and its refectory (dining hall) in the south wing. An oval opening in the ceiling connects these two rooms, symbolising the unity of physical and intellectual nourishment.
The baroque rooms can be viewed via the Fussen town museum, which is located next to the town hall.