Institut für Stadtgeschichte – Carmelite Monastery


The Institute for City History has the function of preserving, making accessible and comprehensively communicating Frankfurt am Main's historic heritage. Emanating from the former City Archives, the Institute is one of the leading archives in Germany with artefacts and records dating back to medieval times. The Institute sees itself as a centre of living history appreciation. Competent discussion partners are available at all times for the historically interested - be they groups or individuals, scientists, students, journalists, teachers or pupils. Domicile of the Institute for City History is the Karmeliterkloster situated between Münzgasse and Alte Mainzer Gasse.

This monastery was founded in the 13th century. The 15th century saw a far-reaching extension and rebuilding program and in 1514/21 Jörg Ratgeb completed murals depicting the history of God's deeds and of the Carmelite Order.

In the cloister the largest mural north of the Alps was created with a length of 140 m. Secularized at the beginning of the 19th century, the monastery subsequently served as magazine, military hospital and fire station. Rebuilding measures of the 19th century and air-raids of World War II inflicted extensive damage to the monastery. Large parts of the fresco paintings were obliterated. Following reconstruction and restoration, the monastery is today a focal point for historical municipal and regional exhibitions and events.

Municipal museum of the City of Frankfurt

Free admission for children and young persons under 18

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Institut für Stadtgeschichte
Münzgasse 9
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon +49 (0) 69 212 38425
Fax 49 69 212 30753