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Imperial Abbey of Elchingen
Reichsabtei Elchingen
Imperial Abbey of the Holy Roman Empire
Coat of arms of Baden-Württemberg (lesser)
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Map of Württemberg before the French Revolutionary Wars, showing the Free Imperial City of Ulm, separating the two parts of the Imperial Abbey of Elchingen, with the Danube shown running through the centre of the image.
Capital Elchingen
Government Theocracy
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Founded by Counts
    of Dillingen
 - Joined Council of Princes 1793
 -  Secularised to Bavaria 1802

Elchingen Abbey (German: Kloster Elchingen, Reichsabtei Elchingen) was a Benedictine monastery in Oberelchingen (in Elchingen) in Bavaria, Germany, in the diocese of Augsburg.


Reichsabtei Elchingen

Elchingen Abbey, 18th century

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saints Peter and Paul, the monastery was founded by the Counts of Dillingen. The abbey was reichsunmittelbar (independent of territorial sovereignty and answering directly to the Holy Roman Emperor, and thus a territorial principality in its own right). The abbot sat in the Reichstag of the Holy Roman Empire.

The abbey was dissolved in 1802 during secularisation. By 1840 the buildings had been almost entirely demolished.

In 1921 the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate settled on the site.


  • Brenner, Bernhard, 2003. Das ehemalige Reichsstift Elchingen/Oberelchingen. In: Klosterland Bayerisch Schwaben Werner Schiedermair (ed.), pp216–219. Lindenberg Fink. ISBN 3-89870-127-1.
  • Dirr, Albert, 1926. Die Reichsabtei Elchingen von der Mitte des 15. bis zur Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts. Augsburg (also dissertation, University of Munich 1925)
  • Konrad, Anton H., 1965. Die Reichsabtei Elchingen. Ihr Bild im Wandel der Jahrhunderte. Weissenhorn: Konrad.
  • Kramer, Ferdinand Kramer, 1991. "Wissenschaft und Streben nach 'Wahrer Aufklärung'. Ein Beitrag zur Aufklärung im ostschwäbischen Benediktinerkloster Elchingen", in: Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte, 54 / 1991, 1:269-286 (ISSN 0044-2364)

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Coordinates: 48°27′08″N 10°05′17″E / 48.45222°N 10.08806°E / 48.45222; 10.08806

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