Bad Doberan Cathedral

Bad Doberan Cathedral is the church of the former Cistercian monastery built at the end of the 13th century. The High Gothic Cathedral It is one of the most important Gothic brick buildings in the Baltic Sea region. The rich furnishings include the high altar, the upper part of which dates back to around 1310 and is one of the oldest winged altars in the history of art.

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Doberan Monastery

The monastery of Doberan is a former Cistercian abbey founded in 1171. The church of its monastery is Doberan Cathedral. Until the Reformation, the monastery had extensive properties and was the burial place of the Principality of Mecklenburg. After surviving relatively unscathed from secularisation, the monastery was looted and damaged in 1637 during the Thirty Years' War, and the monastery church was then used as a warehouse. During the French occupation by Napoleon (1806-1813), the remaining buildings suffered further damage and the monastery church was again used as a warehouse. Between 1883 and 1896, the church was restored and the interior design was unified in neo-gothic forms while retaining most of the medieval furniture. Restoration began in 1962 and continued inside the church in 1976.

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St. Mary's Church

First mentioned in a document in 1232, the construction of today's St. Mary's Church began around 1290 and was completed in the mid-15th century. St. Mary's is a major work of the North German brick Gothic style.