Carmelite Monastery (Karmeliterkloster), Frankfurt

Carmelite Monastery (Karmeliterkloster), Frankfurt

The ancient Carmelite Monastery, Karmeliterkloster is located on the Karmelitengrasse in Frankfurt. The old structure houses the Archeological Museum, the Institute for Municipal History with the city’s municipal archives and a theatre in the cellar called Die Schmiere or The Grease where satirical plays are staged.

The Carmelite monastery in Frankfurt has a gothic architectural style and was built between 1460 and 1520. It is a single vessel church to which the Carmelites added a chapel and a 2 aisle refectory hall. The hall is covered with Northern Europe’s largest frescoes including a painting of the history of the Carmelite order and a 16th century depiction of Christ’s birth and death by artist Jorg Ratgeb. The artist was later cruelly executed for taking part in the German peasant’s revolution of 1525. After the secularization of the city in 1803, the building became the possession of the city. Over the years the structure served as a warehouse, garrison, fire department and a theatre. It was almost completely destroyed during World War II and the frescoes were badly damaged. The building was finally refurbished between 1987 and 1989.

Visitors to the archeological museum can find many objects from the Stone Age and the Roman civilization and objects and jewelry from Frankish and Alemanic graves.

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Sight Name: Carmelite Monastery (Karmeliterkloster)
Sight Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old Town Walk   Downtown Churches of Frankfurt  

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Old Town Walk

Old Town Walk

Frankfurt’s downtown, which is also the city's “Old Town”, is an ideal area to discover on foot. Though it was partially destroyed during World War II, it was nearly fully reconstructed in the years since, saving many of the original buildings. After you visit Old Town Frankfurt, you will walk away with a new appreciation of old churches, museums, squares, and shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Frankfurt's Parks

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Shopping Streets

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Travel Distance: 3.0 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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