Germania Sacra offers an online database of monasteries, convents and collegiate churches of the Holy Roman Empire. The scholarly database aims to provide a research tool that contains basic data on religious houses in the territory of the Holy Roman Empire, from the foundation of monastic communities to the Reformation or Secularisation.

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The database provides basic information on the following aspects: affiliation to religious orders, duration of this affiliation, dates of foundation and dissolution, geographic location.

The results of queries can be displayed on interactive maps that visualise the monastic landscape of the medieval and early modern periods. Temporal periodisation as well as regional and thematic criteria can be modified by the user.

The database is linked to the project’s monographs on monasteries, convents and collegiate churches. Digitised versions of these publications are freely available. The entries of communities in the database also list those clerics associated with the respective religious houses who appear in Germania Sacra’s publications. Entries on such clerics are linked to the Germania Sacra’s Digital Persons Index as well as the corresponding locations in the digitised volumes. This provides further opportunities for research.

With data on currently more than 3,700 monasteries, convents and collegiate churches, data entry is far from complete. Not every federal state in Germany has "Klosterbücher", reference works detailing regional ecclesiastical history, or equivalent online resources. These, besides the publications of the Germania Sacra itself, form the most central resource for the inventory of data in the monastery database "Monasteries, Convents and Collegiate Churches of the Holy Roman Empire". Newly released reference works on monastery are added to the data inventory piece by piece. (Overview of the current content of the database)

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