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Abbey Wettingen-Mehrerau

Abbey Wettingen-Mehrerau — territorial-administrative unit of the Roman Catholic Church at the level of the diocese, directly subject to the Holy see, and managed by the Abbot of the Benedictine monastery.

The monastery was founded in 611 year of Saint Columbanus, who, being expelled from Laksola, built a Church, and later the monastery. In 1079, the year sent in Wettingen-Mehrerau the monk Gottfried reformed the monastery and introduced the rule of St. Benedict. At the end of the 11th century the monastery was restored by Ulrich (Earl of Bregenz), and inhabited by monks from the Abbey of St. Peter of Konstanz (Germany). In the 12-13 century, the monastery purchased the property in a nearby land, and the 16th century already had 65 parishes.

In the mid 16th century during the reformation the monastery was the basis of the support of Catholicism in the region of Vorarlberg. The Abbot Ulrich Metz has had a huge impact on people in the region, setting them against the religious innovations. In the mid-17th century during the war with the Swedes, the monastery was badly damaged and looted. By 1738 the monastery was rebuilt, but in 1805, at Presburg-end of the world the territory of Vorarlberg, together with the Abbey was ceded to Bavaria after the defeat of Austria at the battle of Austerlitz. In 1806 the monastery was disbanded and the buildings burned. In 1807, the remaining buildings were sold at auction and later demolished for materials to build the harbour of Landau.

In 1853, when the land again came Austria, with the permission of Emperor Franz Joseph I of land for the monastery was purchased. The Abbot of the new monastery became a monk of the Cistercian Abbey Wettingen. Officially the Cistercian Abbey of Wettingen-Mehrerau was opened on 18 October 1854.

In the 19-20 century, the Abbey grew rapidly, in 1920, was purchased nearby castle, which today houses the sanatorium and secondary school with boarding school.