Perfect early Gothic design
The Paradies is among the most beautiful of early Gothic designs and one of the most significant architectural testimonies in Maulbronn. Since the name of the master builder is not known, he was given the title “Paradise Master.” Around 1220 his workshop created the spacious entrance hall with its cross-ribbed vaults. The compact pilasters from the Romantic Age already appear here in an individual arrangement, influenced by the early Gothic of northern France. Remnants of colour dating back to around 1430 have been preserved.