The diocese of Limburg now uses the former luxury apartment of the bishop recalled Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst as a museum. On the ground floor, the Diocesan Museum presents an exhibition on the history of the diocese, the basement serves as a depository.
He was delighted to have made the facilities accessible to the public, said Bishop Georg Bätzing at the opening.
The former luxury apartment had been commissioned by then-Bishop Tebartz-van Elst. The church had already announced that it wanted to use the apartment as a museum.
It exhibits in the former luxury apartment of the remembered bishop of Limburg, Tebartz-van Elst. It is now used as a museum.
Bishop Tebartz-van Elst had ordered the building of the luxurious bishopric. Later, the costs exploded – the apartment cost around 31 million euros. The complex also included the episcopal residence – classically furnished with an almost independent bathtub, built-in furniture or sophisticated lighting technology. An old private chapel is also part of the whole. Now it is also open to visitors to the museum.
For use as a museum, initially more investment was needed. The apartment of 280 square meters was converted into data of the bishopric for 225,000 euros. This includes the additional costs of poor planning. They led to a temporary building top.
Tebartz-van Elst had to give up his position in Limburg five years ago – Pope Francis had suspended him. His successor, Bätzing, decided not to enter the apartment. The renovation of the rooms began in November 2017. Now, for example, about 130 exhibits are displayed on the wall shelf of the old study.