Saturday, 24 March 2012

Kloster Zinna

Kloster Zinna is a former Cistercian monastery founded in 1170 by Wichmann von Seeburg, the Archbishop of Magdeburg, after his troops had conquered the former Slavic territory. Monastic life came to an end here in 1553 - as it did at some many Brandenburg monsateries - with the Protestant Reformation. Frederick the Great tried to revive the fortunes of the area by founding a settlement of weavers here in 1764, and you can still see their cottages beside the monastic ruins together with a statue to the Prussian King.

We made a short visit to it as part of a bike ride from Luckenwalde to Juterbog, and it is well worth the slight detour, though only the abbey church and a brewhouse (now a museum) survive.

Here are a few impressions of the village:

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