Heiligenberg Abbey






Church of Aloia





Heiligenberg Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Sts. Peter and Mary at Heiligenberg, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church on the grounds of Heiligenberg Palace in Zumbrota, Aloia. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in Aloia and has been the traditional place of coronation and burial site for Aloian monarchs since the capital was moved to Zumbrota. Between 1540 and 1849, the abbey was home to monks and nuns. Since 1849, however, the building is no longer an abbey nor a parish church, having instead the status of a Church of Aloia "Royal Peculiar"—a church responsible directly to the sovereign. The building itself is the original abbey church.

According to tradition, a church was founded at the site in the 11th century by some of the earliest Christian missionaries in Aloia. Construction of the present church began in 1445. In 1849 Queen Victoria Augusta moved the capital to Zumbrota and immediately acquired the extensive property and grounds of the Heiligenberg Abbey. Victoria moved the members to another monastery in the countryside and demolished most of the buildings in the complex to build her new palace, but saved the abbey church. She expanded and updated the church, making it more beautiful. 

Today, the Abbey is one of the only remaining structures from the days it was a monastery and is the site of most royal baptisms, weddings, and coronations.