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    The Palatine Wine Club offers selection from the best, family-owned vineyards of the Saale-Ustrut region. Delivered to you monthly from the one thousand years old cellars of Kloster Zscheiplitz!
    Zscheiplitz began its life as a small Slavonic settlement on top of the hill overlooking the river valley – some time in the 7-9th century AD.
    Subjugated by the Frankish military might, it became a residence of the Imperial palatine count Friedrich of Saxony. In 1041 he built his Weissenburg residence here.

    In 1085 Friedrich's widow Adelheid donated the estate to the church. In 1089 Zscheiplitz became the Benedictine monastery. Saint Martin of Tour was its patron saint; the church, dedicated to him was erected soon thereafter and is the oldest one in the region of Unstrut valley.

    After the Reformation and subsequent dissolution of the monastery in the mid 16th century the estate passed to the hands of private owners. Fields and forests, churches, vineyards and mills – all together the property formed a unique socio-economic universum, preserved despite political turbulence and wars.

    Napoleon was an unwelcome guest here in October 1813, turning Zscheiplitz into a fortified artillery position in support of his retreating armies. Perhaps the biggest challenge to the village since the times of marauding Magyars in the 10th century was the neglect and disrepair of the Communist times. Deprived of any sort of repair over the period of more than fifty years it became almost totally ruined, with hollowed roofs, crumbling plaster and declining population. With virtually no one willing to take the responsibility for its future the castle was in danger of disappearing from the map of cultural and architectural heritage altogether.

    10 th.B.C. 900 A.D.
    920 A.D. 1085 A.D.
    1085 A.D. 1560 A.D.
    Archeological data shows, that the first human settlement appeared here in late Neolith, some 10 thousand years ago.
    In early 9th century the first wave of the Frankish colonisation has reached Unstrut – by then a Slavonic land, inhabited by peoples with cultural, ethnic and genetic identity similar to that of today's Sorbs and Czechs.

    Zscheiplitz was destined to become a central point of Frankish expansion in the area East of Thuringia. Sometime in early 10th century it became a place of permanent residence of the family, which ruled the area on behalf of German Kings and Holy Roman Emperors of the Ottoman dynasty – the counts of Goseck, Counts Palatine of Saxony, a cadet branch of the Wettin dynasty.
    Named Weissenburg – White Fortress – the residence remained in the hands of the Goseck family until the death of Friedrich III. According to the Reinhardsbrunn Chronicle he was murdered by the orders of his rival for power, wealth and influence – count Ludwig of Thuringia. After his brief imprisonment Ludwig has wed Friedrich's wife Adelheid, who, in atonement of her sins, donated the residence and the land around it to the order of St. Bernard.
    1945 A.D. 2008 A.D.
    1560 A.D. 1945 A.D.
    The ruins of the manor was acquired by the von Hahn family, direct descendants of count Burchard I von Goseck through maternal line and thus related to both Count Palatine Friedrich III and count Ludwig of Thuringia.
    2008 A.D. 2021 A.D.
    Before the land reform of 1949 the manor was owned by the Bila family, then, collectively, by 12 refugee families from the eastern parts of Germany.
    By early 2000s the manor was on the brink catastrophe having lost two of its five roofs, all of its facade-and interior decorations, ovens and fire places, with dilapidated electric cabling, broken water pipes, rotten floors, broken windows and doors.

    The Nunnery of Zscheiplitz was dissolved in 1540-s, with the death of its last inhabitant. The village and the estate became a property of prince Moritz of Saxony who created Zscheiplitz Manor to be owned exclusively by the nobility of the land (RITTERGUT). Only slightly affected by the retreat of Napoleon of France, who positioned his artillery on Zscheiplitz hill to cover his retreat from Leipzig on October 20 1813, the village was almost untouched by the 20-s century two world wars.

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    Frohe Weihnachten!

    Liebe Freunde!

    Das Jahr 2023 war für uns im Kloster Zscheiplitz wegweisend.

    Erstmals seit der Vereinigung Deutschlands wurde eine umfassende Dachrekonstruktion des Mittelteils des historischen Gebäudes durchgeführt, wobei die Fassadenwandsanierung (Baufirma Winzer), der Dachstuhl neu gebaut (Zimmerei Heft), der Schornstein rekonstruiert und die neue Dachziegel verlegt (Dachdecker Hassemeier).

    Ohne die Unterstützung und aktive Beteiligung der Landesverwaltung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, die uns den Großteil der notwendigen Finanzierung für das Projekt zur Verfügung gestellt hat, wäre die Arbeit nicht möglich gewesen. Unser tiefster Dank gilt Herrn Dr. Schellenberger, dem ehemaligen Staatssekretär für Kultur des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.

    Für die Unterstützung danken wir auch dem Denkmalamt und insbesondere Herrn Dr. Bettauer, der uns bereits seit Beginn der Sanierung im Jahr 2009 mit seinem professionellen Rat zur Seite stand.

    Unser aufrichtiger Dank gilt Herrn Dr. Horn, dem neu ernannten Leiter des Bauamtes Burgenlandkeris. Wir danken ihm für seine Unterstützung in unserem Bemühen, das Kloster Zscheiplitz nicht nur zu einem historischen Denkmal, sondern auch zu einem Familienheim zu machen.

    Wir danken Herrn Axel Schilling, der uns bei jedem Schritt unterstützt hat, für seine Professionalität und Freundlichkeit.

    Abschließend möchten wir uns ganz herzlich bei all unseren Freunden bedanken, die uns vom ersten Tag unseres „Zscheiplitz-Abenteuers“ an unterstützt haben. Ohne Sie – unsere Besucher, Freunde der Familie und des Hauses, Freunde und Studenten der Künste und Kultur, der Geschichte und des Kulturerbes – wäre die Zukunft des jahrtausendealten Weißenburg-Klosters Zscheiplitz düster gewesen. Mit Ihnen an unserer Seite können wir direkt in die Zukunft blicken.

    Im Namen der Familie von Hahn zu Weißenburg – vielen Dank! Die Türen des Klosters Zscheiplitz stehen Ihnen jederzeit offen!


    Frohe Weihnachten! Frohes und erfolgreiches Jahr 2024!


    Dear Friends!

    The year 2023 was seminal for us at Kloster Zscheiplitz.

    For the first time since the unification of Germany a comprehensive roof reconstruction of the central part of the historical building was made, with the facade wall rebuild (Building company Winzer), the roof stool build anew (carpenter Heft), the chimney reconstructed and the new roof tiles placed (roofer Hassemeier).

    The work would have been impossible without support and active participation of the Land authority department of the state of Saxonia-Anhalt, with provided us with the bulk of necessary financing for the project. Our deepest gratitude goes to Mr. Dr. Schellenberger, former Secretary for Culture of the state of Saxonia-Anhalt.

    We are also sincerely grateful for the support of the Monument Department and specifically to Mr. Dr. Bettauer, who supports us with his professional advice from the very start of the renovation, back in 2009.

    Our sincere gratitude goes to Mr. Dr. Horn, the newly appointed chief of the Building Department of Burgenlandkeris. We appreciate his support in our efforts to make Kloster Zscheiplitz not only a historical monument, but also a family home.

    We thank Mr. Axel Schilling, who assisted us at every step of the way, for his professionalism and friendliness.

    Finally, may we extend our full hearted gratitude to all our friends, who supported us form the very first day of our 'Zscheiplitz adventure'. Without you -- our visitors, friends of the family and of the house, friends and student of arts and culture, history and heritage -- the future of the thuodsand years old Weissenburg - Kloster Zscheiplitz would have been bleak. With you at our side we can look straight into the face of tomorrow.

    On behalf of the von Hahn zu Weissenburg family -- thank you! The doors of Kloster Zscheiplitz are always open!


    Merry Christmas! Happy and prosperous year 2024!

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