Preetz Priory is a former German Benedictine monastery of nuns founded in 1211 by Graf Albrecht of Orlamünde, nephew of King Valdemar II of Denmark. He founded it following a mystical experience which he later recounted happened while he was stalking a deer. After following it into a glen, the deer stood still and he suddenly saw a gleaming cross appear between its antlers. He felt that the site was a holy place which he called the Field of Mary and, to honor the vision, founded a monastery of nuns at a location some 4 km away. A monastery on the actual site of the vision was built only in 1260.

Suppressed in the 16th century due to the Protestant Reformation, it became an aristocratic Lutheran women's convent belonging to the Schleswig-Holstein knighthood. It continues in this capacity.



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Klosterhof 22, Preetz, Germany
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Founded: 1211
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Gunnar Pein (53 days ago)
Historical building complex ideal for a little break under the trees.
Lothar Fuchs (2 months ago)
Worth seeing facility which was unfortunately closed.
Ted Spickermann (2 months ago)
A place worth seeing, with a long history and beautiful gardens.
Brigitte (2 months ago)
Very impressive facility, unfortunately we were there at the wrong time: Visits only on Tuesdays and Saturdays!
andre io (18 months ago)
very beautiful place, ancient buildings
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