Our application for the European Heritage Label is on its way!
Cistercian monastic landscapes
connect people across Europe. They are a common cultural heritage. 17 partners from five countries have taken on this heritage. Coordinated by the district of Bamberg they are jointly applying for the European Heritage Label
- November 30 th 2021: Submission to the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of Germany
- March 2023: submission to the EU Commission
- Spring 2024: Expected decision
Unity in diversity is the motto that unites us. We are ready to retell our story.
We are Cisterscapes – Cistercian Landscapes connecting Europe.
A Medieval European Network
When the power and wealth of the Benedictines of Cluny increasingly threatened to undermine monastic ideals, three monks set out in 1098 to found a new house in Cîteaux. This place in Burgundy, in Latin called Cistertium, gave them their name: Cistercians.
They wanted to return to the Rule of St Benedict. To live on their own hands work. Ora et labora
– pray and work. Ultimately, this principle was to make them one of the most influential networks of the Middle Ages.
In less than two centuries, the monks founded hundreds of daughter monasteries which stretched across Europe
. Wherever they settled, they made the earth arable, developed water management and forestry, viticulture and farming. Their agricultural innovations
and the systematic transfer of knowledge
within the order made their self-sufficiency so successful that the surplus transformed the markets and power structures of their surroundings.
The era of the White Monks, as they were called due to their robes of undyed sheep’s wool, has long since passed. The traces of their work – magnificent monasteries, representative town courts, lonely granges, settlement structures, mills, pondscapes, vineyards and forests – still shape our landscapes
. And they shape the everyday of the people who live and work there today.
Project 2019-21 “Cisterscapes – Cistercian landscapes connecting Europe”
The transnational cooperation project (LEADER TNC) Cisterscapes with 17 partners from five European countries started in November 2019. The goal is the joint application for the European Heritage Label in the category of cultural landscape.
Lead partner and transnational coordinator: Landkreis Bamberg (County of Bamberg, Germany, site: Ebrach)
Project partners: Altenberg, Bronnbach, Ebrach, Langheim, Loccum, Maulbronn, Schulpforte, Waldsassen (GER), Wagrowiec (PL), Plasy, Velehrad, Vyssi Brod, Zd’ar nad Sazavou (CZ), Rein, Zwettl (AT), Kostanjevica, Sticna (SI).
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