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Settlement began with the founding of a monastery here in 1147, ordered by Pope Eugene III.
Today, Maulbronn is best known as the location of that very monastery, Maulbronn Monastery, which is the best preserved medieval Cistercian monastery in Europe, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also known for its pictaresque and typically German architecture, downtown area, and cuisine.
People Born in Maulbronn
Maulbronn in People's Lives
Hermann Hesse: I was sent here to attend theological seminary at the famous Maulbronn Abbey in 1891, at the age of 14. The monastery was beautiful, being one of the best preserved medieval ones of its kind in Europe. As a student, I lived and studied here, and attended a rigorous curriculum of 41 hours of classes a week. I did well in the first months that I was here, and especially enjoyed translating Classical Greek poetry, and writing essays. However, my time here also coincided with a major personal crisis, as I was struggling to discover who I truly was. I began to show a rebellious streak, and in 1892 even ran away from the school and was found in a field the next day. As my unruly actions grew worse and teachers grew exasperated, my parents became increasingly frustrated, and I had intense conflicts with them. I grew deeply depressed, and tried to commit suicide in May of 1892, at the age of 15. Following this, I was sent to an institution in Bad Boll.