An independent business
Cistercian monasteries were established primarily for religious reasons. However, to maintain their way of life, Cistercian monks were permitted to jointly own stretches of water, forests, vineyards, grassland and property. Cultivating and managing the surrounding landscape thus became a standard aspect of life in a Cistercian order, as did the principle of self-sufficiency. Naturally, the geographical location was a key factor when founding a monastery.