The Cistercians


The Cîteaux abby was founded in 1089.  The Cistercians achieved afterwards European importance under Bernhard von Clairvaux.

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In 1202 the Cistercian mother monastery of Egresch founded the abbey of Santa Maria de Candelis on the banks of the river Alt.


As master builders, the Cistercians influenced the style of several Gothic churches in Transylvania and thus left their mark on time.