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About the monastery

Cismar Monastery was founded in 1231. It is the largest and most significant monastery in Ostholstein and has been used over the centuries in many different manners – initially as a monastery, later also as the bailiff’s residence, a youth hostel or refugee camp. The monastery has belonged to the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Foundation Schloss Gottorf since 1999. Despite this long and varied history, considerable parts of the complex have remained unscathed up to the present.

Cismar Monastery is one of the most important Lübeck early style Gothic and brick architecture North German buildings. This also means that the architects distanced themselves from the common large sandstone blocks – because they didn’t exist here – and used much smaller red bricks instead.

The Cismar Altar- one of the oldest surviving winged altars worldwide

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