Baroque church art
The palatial buildings and gardens of Johannesberg Priory testify to the powerful position of the catholic church in Fulda. The complex was significantly extended by an Italian master builder in the 18th century; 1,000 years earlier, it had been founded as a Benedictine monastery by the scholar Rabanus Maurus.
In the 17th century, the monastery became a priory and during the 18th century, under Conrad von Mengersen, it was converted architecturally to the baroque style, and the baroque garden was aligned with the monastery church. The main task at that time was the administration of the land owned by the church: in the 19th century, the priory itself was used as a country estate. Today, the paths and retaining walls are under restoration and historic fruit varieties are being replanted. Monument conservation and handicrafts play an important role in many of the priory’s offerings for visitors, for example in the permanent exhibition, Models of Historic Half-Timbered German Buildings, which can be found in the Johannesberg Handicrafts Collection.