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The former Holy Cross Convent in Saalburg

Historical Site · Saalburg-Ebersdorf · 425 m
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  • Ruine des Klosters bei Saalburg
    / Ruine des Klosters bei Saalburg
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Christoph Fasbender
A gable wall covered in ivy in Kloster near Saalburg recalls the Cistercian convent that was dissolved in 1544. 
It was founded in about 1300 and a religious centre was already mentioned in a document in 1313. It was perhaps a settlement of religious women next to a pilgrimage church at the outset and had a favourable location along the trading route from Nuremberg to Leipzig via Saalburg, Schleiz and Gera. The convent was bound by the rules and the monastic habit of Saint Bernard. However, the order did not legally recognise Saalburg. Saalburg was probably a supply centre for Vogtland nobles. We no longer know much about the spiritual and cultural life in the convent, which was supposed to have been reformed by the lords of Gera in 1496. Its library has been completely lost. The nuns seem to have run a school here at times.

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50.514313, 11.732615
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50°30'51.5"N 11°43'57.4"E
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32U 693727 5599383
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The former Holy Cross Convent in Saalburg

07929 Saalburg OT Kloster
Phone 036647 29080 Fax 036647 29088
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