September 27, 2015
1917 GERMANY (Bavaria) - Schwarzenberg Monastery in Scheinfeld
According to the legend, on the beginning of the 17th century, the then Countess of Schwarzenberg have set in a wooded area, not far from the chapel today, a small place for the worship of the Virgin Mary. In that time the Franciscans were stationed in the town of Scheinfeld, and in 1697 addressed a request to the Prince to be allowed to establish a monastery there.
In 1701 the foundation stone of the monastery was celebrated. The desire for a large pilgrimage church is begun to realize in 1732. In 1866 the first two Minor Franciscan Friars come in the convent. Currently eight monks live in the monastery and work mainly in the adjoining educational center, where they offer numerous week-long seminars and courses on a variety of (mainly religious) topics.
About the stamps
The first stamp belong to the set Blumen, about which I wrote here.The second is Spring Break in Germany, issued in 2012.
Schwarzenberg Monastery (ger) - franziskaner-minoriten.de
Sender: Heidi / Garuda (postcrossing) DE-1305529
Sent from Nuremberg (Bavaria / Germany), on 26.03.2012