Station: [28] Calf Shed, Monastery Wall & Meadow

F 2: Centuries later, the brick-built calf shed was erected in the middle of the monastic garden. It’s one of many structures at Jerichow that show how life carried on after the dissolution of the monastery. The calf shed belonged to the demesne. For centuries, it continued with the Premonstratensians’ agricultural operations and turned the former monastery into an estate. Today, the calf shed houses project rooms where schoolchildren, for example; can immerse themselves in the medieval way of life and work. How do you write on parchment with quill and ink? How were textiles woven and habits tailored in the monastery? How do you make medicine from herbs, or cook porridge from millet? The workshops try out and explore all these things and many more.

M 1: From here, you also have a good view of the course of the wall that enclosed the grounds in the Middle Ages. Variations in the brickwork show where it was repeatedly repaired over the centuries. Incidentally, you can recognise the oldest bricks, made in pit kilns on site, by their fine grooves. These were formed by air pockets when the clay was rammed into the mould.

F 2: Every summer, the medieval monastery garden festival takes place in the meadow. The time of knights, jesters and travelling merchants is brought back to life. Concerts and theatre performances also regularly take place here.

Foto: © Stiftung Kloster Jerichow