Rühn Abbey

Rühn, Germany

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.



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Amtsstraße 9, Rühn, Germany
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Founded: 1232
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Roland Kolbert (3 years ago)
Schöne ruhige Lage unweit von Bützow. Kloster und Kirche Sehenswert, Klosterschänke mit Außenbereich, Parkplätze vorhanden.
thomas milotta (4 years ago)
The last time I was there during the GDR era it was a youth work center. You can see it from two sides, bad experience or good experience. Are there still the detention cells where children have been locked up?
Bernd Büchholz (4 years ago)
The Rühn monastery is embedded in the beautiful Mecklenburg landscape. Surrounded by a stone wall and shaded by old trees, it is located in a prominent place in the village. An association has taken responsibility for the renovation and use. In the meantime, artisans and artists have settled in the complex, and there is also a restaurant. The old monastery church, where events are also held, is interesting.
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