The Carmelite Monastery

You experience a special kind of peace, when you take a walk in the open arcades and peek in at the green patch of grass and the large tree in the centre of the yard in the most well-preserved monasteries of the north.

Everyday sounds and worries are denied access behind the red brick walls of the Karmeliterkloster.

Peace reigns here.

When you stand there in the intersection, deciding to go one or the other way around the green convent garden, it is as if you relax and breathe a little more freely.

Which way you you take? It is suddenly the only question you need to ask. Everything else can wait.

The daylight disperses in thick stripes over the zigzag-patterned brick floor down the cloister. The light falls in through the windows, through which you can always see the great tree, centrally placed in the convent garden.

After a visit to the carmelite monastery, you are once again ready to take on the world.

Did you know, that there has been two other monasteries in Elsinore besides Karmeliterklosteret? In Sortebrødrestræde, The Sankt Nicolaus monastery could be found, and by Marienlyst Slot the Sankt Anna monastery. During the reformation of 1536, the ownership of all monasteries and churches were transferred to the king, and Sankt Nicolaus and Sankt Anna were torn down. Karmeliterklosteret was changed into an ordinary hospital, and the monastery church found a new use as church for the city's growing German congregation.

2 comments “Karmeliterklosteret

  1. 21. september 2012 Birgitte BL, 3000 skriver:

    Dette er et absolut vidunderligt sted, meget stemningsfyldt, fantastiske bygninger. Og når du nu alligevel er her, så ligger Sct. Mariæ Kirke jo også her, fyldt med spændende historie, og mere end seværdig!

  2. 21. september 2012 Pernille Christiansen, 3000 skriver:

    Det er fantastisk at gå rundt derinde. Det emmer af historie, og man får ro i sindet. Hensat til en anden tid og et godt sted at tænke

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