Holy Cross Monastery Ruins

Meißen, Germany

Heilig Kreuz (Holy Cross) Monastery was founded at the end of the 12th century by Dietrich the Oppressed, Margrave of Meißen. It was for the Benedictine nuns. Its buildings were initially located between Burgberg and Elbe on the site of a former moated castle (today's Leipziger Strasse 30 to 40).

In 1217 the monastery was relocated to the left bank of the Elbe, approx. 1.5 km north of the old town of Meißen. A church building was erected in the first half of the 13th century.

After Reformation, the monastery was closed in 1568. The monastery building itself was left to decay and finally destroyed in the Seven Years' War (1756–1763). From 1945 the site of the monastery served as a garden center. Since 1994 it has been the seat of the Meißner Hahnemannzentrum e. V., which had security work carried out on the buildings.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Birgit S. (9 months ago)
Wonderful facility, totally recommended to visit this place!
Frank Oppermann (9 months ago)
A beautiful old ruined monastery near Meissen. It is a very well-kept complex that is looked after by an association. Admission is free. Note: very recommendable.
Andre H. (10 months ago)
Small snacks and delicious wine are offered ? very nice garden.
Ines Aprile (10 months ago)
Very idyllic ruin garden. Delicious tarte flambée, friendly staff Highly recommended for a moment to relax and unwind.
Troll (12 months ago)
Nicely laid out in a great atmosphere. But extremely unfriendly and negative people who you really don't expect here. Maybe we were just unlucky?
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