Einhard’s Basilica Michelstadt-Steinbach
The small church building in the Michelstadt district of Steinbach exudes a very special dignity and grandeur. Built almost 1200 years ago in the middle of the solitude of the Odenwald, Einhard’s Basilica is today one of the best-preserved examples of Carolingian architecture in Germany.
At a glance
64720 Michelstadt, Steinbach
The basilica is named after its founder, Einhard. He was one of Charlemagne‘s most important confidants and author of his biography, the “Vita Karoli Magni”. Charlemagne’s successor Louis the Pious gave Einhard both the area around today’s Seligenstadt and the Mark Michelinstadt in the Odenwald, today’s Michelstadt.
Here, between 815 and 827, Einhard had a magnificent church built, as he himself wrote, “of a not inglorious kind, suitable for holding divine service”, in which he later also wanted to be buried with his wife Imma.
The Einhard Exhibition
The small permanent exhibition in the former sacristy of the basilica in Michelstadt-Steinbach tells the story of the transfer of the relics of Saints Marcellinus and Peter from Rome via Steinbach to Seligenstadt am Main.
In the vicinity
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