Klooster Ter Apel

Klooster Ter Apel

In the leafy region of Westerwolde lies a major cultural-historical surprise: the former Crosier Monastery Doumus Novae Lucis / House of the New Light from 1465. The only surviving medieval rural monastery.

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The monastery

Construction of the monastery began in 1465. The monastery is located on a wooded sand ridge along the centuries-old trade route from Münster to Groningen. For travelers and pilgrims, the monastery was a place of hospitality and dedication. Although certains aspects have shifted, Ter Apel monastery has remained a meeting place to this day.

Since 1992, Klooster Ter Apel has been part of the UNESCO "Top 100" of real estate in the Netherlands, and is protected under international law. In 2001 the west wing, which disappeared in the 18th century, was rebuilt by the Danish architect Johannes Exner. The work was finished in September 2001. This created a closed floor plan again. After the Reformation the monastery came into the possession of the city of Groningen. Due to storms, fire and high maintenance costs, many modifications have been made to the building.

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The monastery

Construction of the monastery began in 1465. The monastery is located on a wooded sand ridge along the centuries-old trade route from Münster to Groningen. For travelers and pilgrims, the monastery was a place of hospitality and dedication. Although certains aspects have shifted, Ter Apel monastery has remained a meeting place to this day.

Since 1992, Klooster Ter Apel has been part of the UNESCO "Top 100" of real estate in the Netherlands, and is protected under international law. In 2001 the west wing, which disappeared in the 18th century, was rebuilt by the Danish architect Johannes Exner. The work was finished in September 2001. This created a closed floor plan again. After the Reformation the monastery came into the possession of the city of Groningen. Due to storms, fire and high maintenance costs, many modifications have been made to the building.

The Convent buildings include the Museum of Monastery and Church History & Religious Art, as well as two galleries for contemporary art. The former lay church of the monastery serves as a reformed church. This Bosch church forms the southern wing of the monastery.

In the year 1464 Jacobus Wiltingh, pastor in Garrelsweer, donated his settlement Apell to the Order of the Holy Cross. He did this under the condition that a monastery would be built on this site. A year later, construction began on the Domus Novae Lucis monastery, also known as the House of the New Light.

Every year at the end of the summer the event Medieval Ter Apel is located around the monastery. Visitors of the event can then go back to the Middle Ages with knights, markets, music and live acts.

The museum

Registered Museum of Monastery and Church History & Religious Art. Discover the various exhibitions of art, culture and nature that go hand in hand.

The monastery garden

The monastery garden has more than 200 different plant species. Also visit the monastery shop that has a special assortment for young and old or sample a Monastery Ter Apel beer in the Kloostercafe de Refter. You will enter a completely different world when you enter the herb garden full of small gardens surrounded by hedges and small paths with fine gravel.

The herb garden is open every Sunday afternoon in connection with church services from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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Opening hours

  • every Mondayclosed
  • every Tuesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Wednesdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Fridayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 10:00 to 17:00
  • every Sundayfrom 13:00 to 17:00
  • Note: opening times may vary during holidays
  • Monday, Carnival Saturday, King's Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and Day closed Summer holidays: Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Prices

  • Adult€8.50
  • Students€5.00
  • MembersFree
  • MJK (Museumjaarkaart)Free Museum card not valid in combination with tour or other packages
  • Groupsfrom €4.00 to €7.00 Excluding guide costs