Count Eberhard has the Church of St. Amandus extended by the collegiate building during the course of reconstruction work as a domicile for the “Brethren of the Common Life”, who he invites to reside here in order to advance spiritual development in the county. The monastic community lives according to the spirit of »devotio moderna« - »modern devotion«. The brethren are occupied as priests, as well as teaching in the Latin School, translating and printing important books, and performing social duties in the infirmary.
Following the Reformation, the first international bible printing press is installed in Stift Urach for the pastor Primus Truber (photo), Reformer of Slovenia. 30,000 bibles and catechisms are printed here in Slovenian, making this the literary language, as well as in Croatian.
Stift Urach becomes home to the “Urach Canvas Trading Company” and serves as a storage place for Urach linen, a privilege for this having been granted Urach by Duke Frederick I in 1599.
King Frederick I has the foal stud moved from Güterstein to Stift Urach, an inappropriate use greeted in mocking terms by the verse “Olim musis, nunc mulis” (“Once muses, now mules”).
Under King William I the foals move out, and seminarians move into the newly established evangelical-theological seminary. In the spirit of New Humanism, the school with its communal life forms pastors and teachers, humanists and scientists, historians, doctors, jurists, technicians, musicians and poets to “Urach minds”, Eduard Mörike being among the first. The seminary is closed in 1977 in the course of the upper school reform.
Stift Urach becomes the Einkehrhaus der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Württemberg. Contemplation of its history sheds light on the roots which still bear such decisive influence today: a life inspired by regular prayer, intensive occupation with the Bible, a focus on the world and education in the Christian spirit. Merely the horses remain but an episode in time …