Sites that include active or former nunneries or convents (communities for religious women).

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Benedictine Convent of St. John Still an active nunnery
Loire Valley Abbey of Fontavraud "founded in 1101 by the itinerant preacher Robert of Arbrissel. The foundation flourished and became the center of a new monastic Order, the Order of Fontevrault. This order was composed of double monasteries, in which the community consisted of both men and women—in separate quarters of the abbey—all of which were subject to the authority of the Abbess of Fontevraud." (Wiki) See -
Longobards in Italy Torba – "Torba lost its military function and acquired a religious one, thanks to the settlement here in the 8th century of a group of Benedictine nuns who had the monastery built, adding to the original structures further buildings to accommodate the cells, the refectory and the oratory, as well as a portico of three arches to shelter travellers and pilgrims, and in the 11th century a new small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary" (Wiki) See -
Lübeck St-Anne-Kloster
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo Pecs and Gracanica were both converted to convents after WWII and as of 2017 each houses a community of nuns.
Monastery of Horezu (active)
Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha Fuhu Nunnery
Mount Wutai 5 nunneries
Naples Santa Chiara was built for the Clarisse nuns.
Novodevichy Convent Convent was a royal nunnery
Old City of Jerusalem Ecce Homo Convent belongs to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion.
Rammelsberg and Goslar Goslar: Neuwerkkirche in Goslar belonged to a nunnery until the 1960'ies.
Salzburg Nonnberg Benedictine Nunnery (active)
Stralsund and Wismar Kloster St. Annen und Brigitten in Stralsund
Toledo Convento de Santa Ursula
Vatican City Mater Ecclesiae "founded by Pope John Paul II in order to have a community of nuns of an enclosed religious order inside Vatican City, who were to pray for the pope in his service to the Catholic Church. This task was, at the beginning, entrusted to the nuns of the Order of St. Clare, better known as the Poor Clares. This assignment, however, was shifted every five years to another female monastic order, who would then occupy the monastery." See -
Venice and its Lagoon San Zaccaria "The church was originally attached to a Benedictine monastery of nuns also founded by Participazio and various other doges of the family. The nuns of this monastery mostly came from prominent noble families of the city and had a reputation for laxness in their observance of the monastic enclosure." (Wiki) See -


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