Monastery gardens – a theological view

Michaelstein monastery garden

It is quite common that monastery gardens feature references to the Bible, Christian faith and theology. They range from the biblical paradise and the Garden of Eden to the tomb of Jesus, which was located in a garden. Religious beliefs such as the hope of life after death are expressed, for example, in the use of a monastic orchard as a cemetery, a place of death that yields fruit. Today, monasteries are attractive destinations for a day trip and recreational resorts. Visitors can rediscover biblical and theological motifs in their gardens and experience some of the monastic culture of the past and present.