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Monasteries in Germany for the new edition was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2018 during Essen Spiel.

This mini expansion, containing six well-known German monasteries, you'll have the possibility to score your monasteries in a renewed way. However, you'll only know at the end of the game whether you've made a profitable decision.

Before this release, Japanese Buildings, with the same rules, was released by Hans im Glück in 2016. It has graphics by Toshihiko Ishibashi that do not match the artwork style of the 1st edition, although the manual was based on that edition. Nevertheless it is considered a new edition mini expansion. These tiles have no expansion symbol.

Each of these expansions have been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below. You can combine each of them with other expansions - but at your own risk – that is, there will be no official rules for these combinations.


  • Monasteries in Germany: 6 new land tiles
  • Japanese Buildings: 6 new land tiles



Although a meeple can be placed as an abbot in this expansion, this should not be confused with the abbot meeple from The Abbot expansion.


When the rules below refer to the special new monastery tiles, assume they are referring to both German Monasteries and Japanese Buildings, as they share the same behavior. The text below only mentions the new Monasteries for the sake of readability.


Remove the “original” monastery tiles from the base game and return them to the box. [1] Mix the six new monastery tiles in with the rest of the game tiles.


1. Placing a tile

If a player draws one of the special monastery tiles, it is placed according to the normal rules.

2. Placing a meeple

After placing the special monastery tile, the player may place a meeple on any feature present on the tile according to the normal rules. If deploying a meeple on the monastery, the player has two options: [2]

  1. As a Monk: In this option, the monastery is treated like a monastery in the base game, and all the normal scoring rules remain the same; or
  2. As an Abbot: In this option, the meeple is considered an abbot of the monastery. To emphasize this, the player stands the meeple on its side to signify that the special monastery will be scored differently than a original monastery. The monastery scores only at the end of the game.
You place the tile with the Lorch Monastery. As you decide to place as an abbot, you place it sideways on the monastery.

3a. Scoring a monk

A meeple placed on a special monastery as a monk follows the regular scoring rules of Carcassonne.

3b. Final scoring of an abbot

A meeple placed as an abbot on a special monastery is not scored until the end of the game. For his abbot, the player receives 1 point per tile present in the vertical column and horizontal row outward from the monastery. The monastery tile itself also scores 1 point. Any empty spaces in the monastery’s row or column interrupt the series of tiles that score for the monastery.

Example: BLUE and RED have each placed a meeple as an abbot during the game, and these are now scored at game end. The BLUE abbot scores 2 + 0 + 2 + 1 + 1 = 6 points. (Since there is a gap in the row to the right of BLUE'S monastery, no points are earned in that direction.) The RED abbot scores 4 + 2 + 1 + 2 + 1 = 10 points.

Note: For the sake of clarity, the figures in the additions correspond to the number of tiles in the column above, the row to the right, the column below, the row to the left and the monastery itself respectively.

Interactions with other expansions

General comments

  • Interpretation from the Community These two options (placing a meeple as a monk or as an abbot) are available whenever a meeple would be placed on the special monastery: initial meeple placement, wagon movement, magic portal, flier, etc. (5/2014)
  • Official clarification from the publisher Note that the special monastery is only a single feature, even though it can be used two different ways. Thus, if it is occupied by a meeple, one cannot place a phantom there, drive the wagon there, or deploy a meeple to it with a magic portal. (7/2014)
  • Interpretation from the Community The normal rules assume that only one of the two meeple placement options may happen at a time. However, in combination with other expansions (see Exp. 6 - Count, King and Robber, The Flier (Flying Machines) and the 20th Anniversary Expansion), several meeples may be present on a monastery during scoring. This leads to the following scenarios:
    1. Special monastery occupied by at least one meeple placed as a monk and any number of meeples placed as abbots:
      • The feature will be scored like a normal monastery considering any meeples placed as monks either when completed (completely surrounded by tiles) or at the end of the game (if still incomplete).
      • The player(s) with the majority of meeples placed as monks will receive the number of points the monastery is worth at this point, and those meeples will be returned to their owners.
      • Any meeples placed as abbots on the feature will be scored as indicated in the next scenario.
    2. Special monastery only occupied by meeples placed as abbots:
      • The feature will be scored at the end of the game, since it will not be considered as completed for the meeples placed as abbots even if surrounded by tiles.
      • The player(s) with the majority of meeples placed as abbots will receive the number of points the feature is worth.

Symbol CountKingRobber C1C2.png Count, King And Robber

  • Interpretation from the Community A meeple placed as an abbot cannot be involved in a challenge with a heretic on a shrine/cult place, as the two scoring mechanisms are entirely different (the abbot's monastery is never completed, so the heretic would always win). (5/2014)
  • Interpretation from the Community Players may deploy meeples from the cathedral district to a completed special monastery about to be scored. The meeples can only be deployed as monks. Deploying meeples as abbots is not allowed since they would not participate in the current scoring.

 Official clarification from the publisher Question: A previous clarification stated that you can't deploy a meeple from the cathedral district in the City of Carcassonne to a special monastery with a meeple placed as an abbot, since it won't be completed in the usual time frame.
However, if the special monastery has a meeple placed as a monk (i.e. acting as a normal monastery) and it is completed, can you deploy a meeple to it from the cathedral district and place it as an abbot instead?

Answer: You can't deploy a meeple from the cathedral district to a special monastery as an abbot if it is completed as a regular monastery with a meeple placed as a monk (i.e. completely surrounded by tiles).
You can only deploy a meeple from the cathedral district to a special monastery as a monk, because only this feature (the special monastery acting as a normal monastery) is completed for scoring. (10/2014)

Symbol BridgesCastlesBazaars C1C2.png Bridges, Castles And Bazaars

  • Official clarification from the publisher Because a meeple placed as an abbot scores only at the end of the game, and this special monastery is never considered completed in this case, a monastery with a meeple placed as an abbot will not score points for a meeple in a castle. (5/2014)

Symbol HillsSheep C1C2.png Hills and Sheep

  • Official clarification from the publisher When using special monasteries, the vineyard bonus is applied to the special monastery if the meeple is placed as a monk and the feature is scored as a finished original monastery. However, the vineyard bonus is not applied if a meeple is placed as an abbot on a special monastery, as the abbot scores only at the end of the game, when the vineyard has no effect. (5/2014)

Symbol Flier C1C2.png The Flying Machines

  • Official clarification from the publisher If a second meeple is placed on the special monastery through use of the The Flying Machines, the player can choose to place the new meeple either as a monk or as an abbot, regardless of the identity of the first meeple there. However, if the special monastery is already surrounded by 8 tiles, thus representing a completed monastery, the second meeple must be placed as an abbot. (7/2014)

Tile distribution

Monasteries in Germany

Total tiles: 6
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Japanese Buildings

Total tiles: 6
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Japanese Buildings C2 Tile B.jpg  x1
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Japanese Buildings C2 Tile D.jpg  x1
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The Monasteries in detail

Monasteries in Germany

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Andechs Monastery

On the eastern shore of Lake Ammersee, Andechs Monastery, the oldest pilgrimage site in Bavaria, is located. It was founded in 1455 as a branch office of the Benedictine monks. The monastery is also known far beyond the borders of Bavaria for its beer.

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Eberbach Monastery

The Eberbach Monastery is a former Cistercian abbey near Eltville. The monastery was founded in the 12th century, and with its Romanesque and early Gothic features, is one of the most important monuments in Europe. It gained worldwide fame as a filming location for the film adaptation of the novel "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco.

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Lorch Monastery

Lorch, a former Benedictine monastery, is situated on a mountain ridge above the Rems valley, and is visible from far away. It was donated in 1102 by Duke Frederick I of Swabia and his family. The heyday of the Benedictine monastery was during the late Middle Ages. Even today, the charming monastery, complete with church, retreat, farm buildings and a garden, surrounded by a circular wall, is still completely intact, and attracts many visitors.

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Maria Laach Monastery

Founded in 1093 the Maria Laach is a high medieval monastery, located on the southwest side of Laacher Lake. A landmark of this Benedictine monastery is the 6-towered monastery church, the Laacher Munster.

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Marienthal Monastery

The monastery of St. Marienthal is the oldest convent of the Cistercian Order in Germany. It has continuously been in operation from its founding in 1234 until today. It is situated near Görlitz, on the border triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Maulbronn Monastery

The Maulbronn Monastery, a former Cistercian abbey which is now recognized as a World Heritage Site, is considered to be the most well-preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps. Founded in the 12th century, all styles and levels of development of the Romanesque period through the late Gothic period are represented here.

Japanese buildings

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This Budhist temple in Kyoto is covered in gold and is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors anually. It was registered as a Wold Heritage Site in 1994.

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It is the gate of Sensoji in Tokyo. It was first built in 941 by a military commander but then reconstructed at its current location in 1635. It is said that this was the time when they built the 2 statues flanking the gate, though it has been burnt down a couple of times and the current structure dates from 1960.

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(five-story pagoda)

It is in HOURYUJI. Hourjuyi is an area with the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Many pictures and carvings show the history of Japan for more than 1.300 years. In 1993, it was Japan first registered World Heritage Site.ōryū-ji

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It is also called Shirasagijo (Egret castle). This castle comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dates from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a masterpiece of contruction in wood, combining function with aesthetic appeal, and also registered a World Heritage Site in 1993.

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It is a fort in Hokkaido and was built to protect the city of Hokodate. It is a famous place for the fight between the old government (Shogun side) and the new goverment (Imperial side) in the last stage of the Edo period. After the fort had lost its military importance, it was eventually turned into a public park in the 1910s. Over one thousand cherry trees were planted along its moats, making it one of Hokkaido's best cherry blossom spots.ōkaku

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It is a Buddhist temple mainly containing one giant bronze statue of Buddha with a height of 13.35m and a weight of 121t. Monks may enter it to pray inside the statue. Its first building was made out of wood and dates from 1252. A few years later, as the wooden structure was damaged badly by a storm, it was decided to build it from Bronze. Since the big tsunami in September 20, 1488 washed all buildings away, the statue stays in the open air.ōtoku-in


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  1. Common house rule or variant As an alternative, the special Monasteries could simply be added to the regular tiles without removing the original monastery tiles. However, if only playing with the base game and no other expansions, this may be too many monastery tiles. (4/2014)
  2. Interpretation from the Community This paragraph was reworded to indicate that players can also place meeples on other features available on the tile besides the monastery, namely in the field or a road, if available.