teutonic order - 1190
Welcome to the Website of the Teutonic Order
of the Hospital of the Virgin Mary in Jerusalem
The Teutonic Order or in its full name the Order of the Teutonic Knights of St. Mary's Hospital in Jerusalem - looks back on a long and eventful history of more than 800 years. Formally established as hospital brotherhood near the seaport Acre in the Holy Land in the year 1190, during the third crusade. In the prologue of the Order's Book it reads: "Real knighthood does not only know the time-bound form of swordplay, which has passed; the actual composure of chivalrous men is rather expressed in their commitment for the Lord's kingdom, for protecting the defenceless, for helping the maltreated, those beset, the condemned and those in need." It is the pronounced goal of the Knights, Brothers and Sisters of the German Order to jointly implement this composure, abiding by the Order's motto "Helping and Healing" With this Website we would like to provide you with some insight in the History of the Order, our work, in our roots and spirituality, in our past, but also the presence of the Order today.