The magnificent complex’s Ribe Cathedral and St. Catharinæ’s Abbey and Monastery are the last remains of all the medieval churches, abbeys, chapels and hospitals of old Ribe. Had you lived in Ribe during the High Middle Ages, you would have been able to visit ten churches and four abbeys. After the Reformation in 1536, what remained was Ribe Cathedral and also St. Catharinæ’s Church as a parish church, while the Abbey continued to serve as a hospital.
The church and monastery was founded in 1228 by Dominican monks.
The present church dates back to the 15th century and is one of three churches in Ribe.
The monastery is one of the best preserved in Denmark and the beautiful cloister part of the monastery is open to visitors.
The church and monastery is named after Catharina, an educated Egyptian princess who suffered martyrdom in year 307 due to her faith. A fountain was raised in honor of Catharina at St. Catharinæ square.
Ribe Cathedral, the prominent landmark of the town that can be seen for miles across the flat landscape. The cathedral was begun between 1150 and 1175 and completed between 1225 and 1250.