Imperial Abbey of Comburg
Reichsstift Großcomburg
Imperial Abbey of the Holy Roman Empire
Comburg at the end of the 16th century
Capital Comburg Abbey
Government Theocracy
Historical era Middle Ages
   Founded, with immediacy 1070s
  Converted to
    collegiate foundation

   Mediatised to Württemberg 1587
  Secularised 1803
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Today part of  Germany

 Comburg  was a Benedictine monastery near Schwäbisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

It was founded in the late 1070s by the Counts of Comburg-Rothenburg on the site of their castle. They retained the office of Vogt, which continued until their extinction in the Staufer dynasty. The first monks were from Brauweiler Abbey, but in the 1080s an abbot from Hirsau Abbey was appointed, and this brought Comburg into the movement of the Hirsau Reforms.

The monks of Comburg were exclusively of noble birth, and accordingly resisted the Benedictine reforms (the Melk Reforms) of the 15th century, under the pressure of which the monastery became a collegiate foundation (German: Kollegiatstift) in 1488, rather than admit non-nobles to the community.

In 1587 Comburg was mediatised by Württemberg, which brought to an end its status as an Imperial abbey.

The community was secularised in 1803. The library survives in the Württemberg State Library, but the church treasure was melted down in the Ludwigsburg mint.

The buildings have had a number of uses since then. Until 1909 a regiment of invalid soldiers (the Ehreninvalidenkorps) was based here. During World War II the site was used for a variety of training purposes and also at one point as a prisoner of war camp. After the war it was used briefly for housing displaced persons, but since 1947 it has housed a teacher training establishment.


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Coordinates: 49°06′01″N 9°44′59″E / 49.10028°N 9.74972°E / 49.10028; 9.74972

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