Marienthal
Community ID
 
1436
 
Alternate Names
 
Osteritz, Osteritsa, S. Marienthal
 
Town
 
Goerlitz
 
Diocese
 
Meissen (currently)
 
Medieval Location
 
The abbey lies in the northern part of the previous kingdom of Bohemia (the Oberlasitz).
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1234
 
Date Terminated
 
still extant
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

The abbey was founded in 1234 by Queen Kunigunde of Bohemia, a daughter of Philipp IV of Schwabia and wife of King Wenzel. The convent was founded to provide prayers and memorials for eternity for the salvation of Queen Kunigunde and her parents (Wienand, 337).

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
  
Architecture & Archaeology
 

The convent enclosure was entirely destroyed in 1427. Further fires plagued the community in 1515, 1542, and 1683.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

No medieval buildings remain; however, the convent was rebuilt in the Baroque style which stands today.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Wienand mentions that the convent has withstood not only political and religious upheavals but also flood and fire. However, he does not indicate when the flood or fire occurred. The convent continues today for the care of feeble-minded women (Wienand, 337).

 
Admin. Notes
 

more research necessary
Removed "? (needs verification)" from Dedication field because of [Public letter]: "...we have founded and endowed the cloister of St. Marienthal in honor of that virgin and mother of god and..."

 
Contributors
 
June Mecham
 
Contributors Notes
  
Date Started
 
1234
 
Length
 
957