Kloster Helfta is being rebuild

St. Marien zu Helfta (St. Mary’s of Helfta) is the famous 13th century Cistercian convent in Helfta which was known as »The Crown of German Convents«. Three women founded the fame of Helfta. All three living as Religious in the convent:

  • Mechtild of Magdeburg
  • Mechtild of Hakeborn
  • Gertrud (the Great) of 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 in1999 eight Sisters from Seligenthal – a Bavarian Cistercian Abbey - have 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. We are happy to host a small number of seminars, conduct retreats, and spiritual exercises. We also welcome short-stay visitors and offer guided tours. Guests are invited to join with us in Holy Office.

Kloster St. Marien zu Helfta
Lindenstr. 36
06295 Eisleben
Tel: 03475 711 500
Fax: 03475 711 555

pforte@kloster-helfta.de

Donations to:
Bank für Kirche und Caritas, Paderborn
»Rebuilding Helfta»
Code: 472 603 07
Account Number: 205 006 00

St. Marien zu Helfta (St. Mary’s of Helfta) is the famous 13th century Cistercian convent in Helfta which was known as »The Crown of German Convents«. Three women founded the fame of Helfta. All three living as Religious in the convent: Mechtild of Magdeburg, Mechtild of Hakeborn, Gertrud (the Great) of Helfta.