Mechtern
Community ID
 
1325
 
Town
 
Cologne
 
Diocese
 
Cologne
 
Date Founded
 
1277
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

The convent was established in 1277 in place of a financially and morally bankrupt house of Augustinian canons. Archbishop Siegfried of Westerburg acceded to the request of the canons to vacate the premises with the promise of life-long stipends, and he transferred nuns from the Cistercian convent of Benden to the location. Bruno Hardevust, a wealthy patrician of Cologne, promised to restore Mechtern's alienated properties and pay the convent's debts out of his own pocket. Although Mechtern was formally an archiepiscopal re-foundation, Bruno's assistance rendered it a bourgeois house, according to Stein (47).

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Bruno Hardevust, a wealthy patrician of Cologne, promised to restore Mechtern's alienated properties and pay the convent's debts out of his own pocket.

 
Social Characteristics
 

of the twenty nuns identified, eighteen were patrician

 
Secondary Sources
  
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Contributors Notes
 

needs more research

 
Date Started
 
1277
 
Length
 
745