The Monastery of the Holy Cross was founded in 1270 by Margaret Sambiria. She was the Queen Consort of the Danish King Christopher I. This was the convent for the Roman Catholic order of Cistercian nuns for 650 years until it was dissolved by the state in 1920. However, the remaining sisters were allowed to live there for the rest of their lives. The last abbess or head of the abbey died in 1981. Their church was constructed in 1360. It is now Universitätskirche or the church of the University of Rostock.