Rühn Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery founded by Brunward, bishop of Schwerin in 1232. Already on May 29, 1292 the monastery was burned down completely. After reconstruction 30-40 nuns lived, prayed and worked there.
After the Reformation Duke Ulrich gave the monastery to his wife Elisabeth. She founded in Rühn the first girls' school in Mecklenburg. Numerous renovations and extensions were made then.
In the Thirty Years War the monastery was destroyed. During the age of the Duchess Sophie Agnes von Mecklenburg (1625-1694), it was rebuilt with a park with linden alley in the former monastery garden. Until 2008 the site changed hands several times and functioned for example as an orphan house. Since 2008 it has been owned by the Klosterverein Rühn e.V foundation.
The abbey church was completed in 1270.References:
Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.
The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.