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The World of the Cistercians

The monasteries of the Cistercians are fascinating with their beauty and harmony. Their witness of art, architecture, spirituality and history is the argument of this website. You will find hundreds of private photos of Cistercian monasteries all over Europe as well as background informations about the architecture and the history of the early order. We recommend this site to friends of the Cistercian art as well as everybody interested in the monasteries of the order. We are glad to invite you to the old world of the Cistercians and if you like it, write us or set an link on your site!

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Fossanova in Latio, Italy (Picture Wikimedia)
Hauterive canton Fribourg, Switzerland
Eberbach in the Rheingau (Hesse)
Frauental (Hohenlohe). (Image source: Holger Uwe Schmitt - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Where does the name Cistercium come from?

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