900-Year-Old German Monastery Forced to Shut Down Because of Monk Shortage

900-Year-Old German Monastery Forced to Shut Down Because of Monk Shortage:

Himmerod Abbey, a Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to running expenses and also a shortage of monks. Notably, the monastery was used during the 1950’s in a distinctly non-monastic capacity, as a secret meeting point of former Wehrmacht high-ranking officers discussing West Germany’s rearmament.

Closure After 883 Years of Operation

Himmerod Abbey is a Cistercian monastery in western Germany that was founded in 1134 by French Abbot Bernhard of Clairvaux. After coming back from the brink of bankruptcy six years ago, the monastery now has to shut its doors permanently as DW reports. There are only six monks currently living in the abbey compared to the thirty residing there almost forty years ago.

H/t reader kevin a.

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