Historical Overview

Steinfeld Monastery rises with its three distinctive towers on a ridge of the North Eifel. The historical origins date back to the time of Henry I (919-936), but lost in historical obscurity. In 1070 there was a first monastic settlement.

1121 Clerics Regular of Springiersbach (county Wittlich district) came to Steinfeld. In 1130,they took over the constitution of the Norbertines order, which was only founded recently by St. Norbert of Xanten in 1120, who later became Bishop of Magdeburg. Steinfeld was one of the most important monasteries in the German Empire. Subsidiary monasteries were established in Ireland, Holland, Germany (eg Hamborn Abbey), but especially in the East; of particular importance is the convent in Strahov (1140) near Prague. Steinfeld was raised to the status of an abbey in 1184. In consecutive order, 44 abbots reigned until the Secularisation (1802).

After the Secularisation of 1802, the monastery served various secular purposes, until it was taken over and given new life in 1923 by the Society of the Salvatorians.

The Salvatorians took over the former Abbey Church and present Basilica, and the parish ministry as well. The founded a grammar School and a boarding school for boys. Today they run a Monastery Shop and a café. They keep the “Akademie Kloster Steinfeld” and a Guest House.

Steinfeld is in its overall system is considered as one of the best preserved monastic monuments of the Rhineland, a place of living and now thousand-year-long culture and tradition.