An Abbey is coming into being again
A long, long time ago it has been the largest Abbey between Bremen
and North Friesland. 1529 the Cistercian Abbey “Schola Dei” in Ihlow (district Aurich) had been demolished due to reformation and secularisation. Now the Abbey will be rebuild in original size as steel sculpture.
The president of the registered Abbey Society, Bernhard Buttjer says: “It won’t be a reconstruction 1:1 but rather an imagination – a project, that will inspire the fantasy of the visitors.” 45 meters high are the steel parts which will form chorus and sanctuary.
The project amounts in total to more than three Million Euros, mainly funded by the European Community and Niedersachsen. The company Salzgitter AG sponsors approx. 205 tons sheet steel and approx. 90 tons tubes, sectional steel and steel bars. Other sponsors of this Europe-wide unique project are the Lutheran Church of Hannover, the Church District Aurich, the Diocese Osnabrück, the District Aurich, the City of Ihlow and different German charitable trusts.