Preetz Priory

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Preetz Abbey

Preetz Priory (German: Kloster Preetz) is a former German Benedictine nunnery in the town of Preetz, Schleswig-Holstein. It operates today as a residence for ladies.


The monastery was founded in 1211 by Graf Albrecht of Orlamünde, nephew of King Valdemar II of Denmark. He founded it following a mystical experience which he later recounted happened while he was stalking a deer. After following it into a glen, the deer stood still and he suddenly saw a gleaming cross appear between its antlers. He felt that the site was a holy place which he called the Field of Mary (German: Marienfelde) and, to honor the vision, founded a monastery of nuns at a location some 2 miles (4 km) away. A monastery on the actual site of the vision was built only in 1260. [1]

Suppressed in the 16th century due to the Protestant Reformation, it became an aristocratic Lutheran women's convent belonging to the Schleswig-Holstein knighthood. It continues in this capacity.


  1. ^ "Die Chronik des Adeligen Klosters Preetz". Preetzer Schutengilder (in German). 

External sources[edit]

  • Christian Stocks, Bernhard Schütz: Preetz. Ev. Adeliges Kloster, Ehem. Benediktinerinnenkloster Campus Beatae Mariae. Broschüre, Schnell & Steiner, Kunstführer Nr. 1030 von 1975, ISBN 3-7954-4761-5.

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Coordinates: 54°14′25.34″N 10°16′59.77″E / 54.2403722°N 10.2832694°E / 54.2403722; 10.2832694