In the Kingdom of Prussia, the abolition of all monasteries in 1810 meant a decisive historical turning point. The first part of the exhibition project "Klosterdämmerung" ("The Twilight of the Monastery") shows the historical development of the seven Silesian Cistercian monasteries from the Middle Ages to their nationalization and abolition in 1810, as well as their continued use and the changes after the end of the Second World War.
Since the 12th century, the Cistercian order had a significant influence on the development of the country and the spiritual, cultural and economic development of the regions of
deu. Niederschlesien, pol. Dolny Śląsk
Lower Silesia is a part of the region of Silesia, located in today's Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The historical capital of Lower Silesia is Wroclaw. The region is located on the Odra River and forms the northwestern part of Silesia.
deu. Oberschlesien, pol. Górny Śląsk
Upper Silesia (Polish Górny Śląsk, Czech Horní Slezsko) is the southeastern part of Silesia in modern Poland and the Czech Republic. The area lies on the Odra River and a part of the eastern Sudeten Mountains. Opole (Polish: Oppeln) is regarded as the historical capital of Upper Silesia.
The traveling exhibition "Klosterdämmerung" shows the historical development of the Silesian Cistercian monasteries from the Middle Ages until their nationalization and dissolution in 1810, as well as their further use and the changes after the drastic historical rupture of 1945.
In addition to Leubus, the exhibition presents the Lower Silesian abbeys of
Kamieniec Ząbkowicki (German: Kamenz, also Camenz) is a town in southwestern Poland populated by 4,200 people. It is located in the Dolny Śląsk Voivodeship (Lower Silesia) on the Eastern Neisse (Polish: Nizina Kłodzka).
Krzeszów is a part of the municipality of Kamienna Góra (Landeshut) in the Polish Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The locality is inhabited by 1,400 people and is located in the southwest of the country. The Grüssau Monastery is located in the municipality.
Trzebnica is a town inhabited by 13,300 people in the Polish Lower Silesia Voivodeship. It is located not far from Wroclaw, the main city of the region. A famous Cistercian monastery is located in the municipality.
Jemielnica is a village in Opole Voivodeship in Poland. About 3,500 people live in the village, which since 2006 has been officially bilingual (German and Polish as official languages). There is also a famous monastery located there.
. Important personalities, artists and abbots such as St. Hedwig, Michael Willmann, Arnold Freiberger and Bernhard Rosa are discussed as well as the protagonists of the secularization, especially the Prussian administrative lawyer Johann Gustav Gottlieb Büsching (1783-1829). The Cistercian estate management and the development of the monastery estates after the period of secularization are also presented in detail.
Nowadays, the former Cistercian monastery is once again owned by the church, more precisely by the diocese of
Gliwice is a large city in the Polish Voivodeship of Silesia in the south of Poland. The city is situated on the Klodnica River and is inhabited by about 177,000 people. It is part of the Upper Silesian Industrial Region and is located between Opole and Krakow.
Remig, Nicola/Steinsträßer, Inge: Ausstellungskatalog "Klosterdämmerung". 200 Jahre Säkularisation in Schlesien am Beispiel der Zisterzienserklöster : 200 lat sekularyzacji na Śląsku na przykładze klasztorów cystersów. eds. v. Haus Schlesien. Königswinter-Heisterbacherrott 2011.