Helfta Monastery

The cloister of St. Mary was known in the 13th Century as the crown of German cloisters, famous because of the scientific work of the nuns and their mysticism.
Three women founded Cloister Helfta in the 13th century: Mechthild von Magdeburg, Mechthild von Hackeborn and Gertrud (The Great) von Helfta. European mysticism was greatly influenced by their writing. And their spirituality is gaining renewed effects today. For more than 450 years no church bells sounded here, but in 1999 eight Sisters from Seligenthal – a Bavarian Cistercian Abbey – started to rebuild monastic life.
Meanwhile, 18 woman live, pray, and work in the convent. Women are also invited to share monastic life for shorter periods of time. The decay of the beautiful medieval buildings has been stopped, church, convent and guesthouse are newly restored, financed solely by donations mainly from German Catholics.
Helfta is developing into a centre of Spirituality in the diocese of Magdeburg.



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Kloster St. Marien zu Helfta
Lindenstr. 36
06295 Eisleben
+49 (0)3475 711 500