The former Cloister Notre Dame du Sacré Cœur was founded in 1711 and housed the Augustinian Canonesses, who first and foremost concerned themselves with the education of girls. The cloister buildings were constructed between 1712 – 1716 by Benedikt Ettl; the church building itself (1719 -1721) was planned by Gabriel de Gabriele, and the frescos are from the hand of Johann Georg Bergmüller. The architectonic high point is the magnificent Baroque cupola with its colorful ceiling paintings. The rounded church interior is graced by numerous balconies all around.
After the abolition of the cloister in the course of secularization, the furnishings were sold. The high altar was apparently not preserved. Both the lateral altars are in the Church of Arnsberg; the splendid pulpit in Pfünz. After extensive maintenance and restoration in the 20th century, the building today houses the Information Center of the Altmühltal Nature Park.
Translated from the German by Lucy Hallman Russell and Ray Carson Russell
Friday, 10 May 2019, 8 p.m.: Eröffnungskonzert »Von Venedig nach Neapel und zurück«
Informationszentrum Naturpark Altmühltal
Notre Dame 1