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Benedictine monastery

A Benedictine monastery stands in a mountain valley at the foot of mount Titlis and is considered the possession of Engelberg. It was founded in 1120 by count Shellenburger from Zurich. In the same year, it was inhabited by the monks of the monastery of Muri. Soon opened the first school of scribes.

Some time the monastery was intended as a place for women and for men. The female part has outlived its usefulness to 1615 - the last nuns moved to St. Andreas.

The location of the monastery is very well - after all, he is clearly at the center of the valley. The Abbey had a spiritual and political significance, indestructible nothing - no fires and epidemics or military conflicts. Breaking the three fires, the monastery survived. The last time the fire was in 1729, after which most of the buildings were reconstructed under the supervision of the Austrian architect Johann Ruth. Pride of the monastery is the wooden panel in the interior of the monastery rooms. The size of each panel - 50Ñ…20 cm and they consist of 300 or more pieces. It is the fruit of the work of one of the monks.

In the 19th century, the monastery was built a school, because the monks of the monastery paid much attention to education. The school gradually expanded and today it consists of a gymnasium, the average of the classical school, boarding school for children of both sexes, and public schools (for adults).

The monastery has a library, usually to monasteries. It holds about a thousand manuscripts (both modern and medieval), hundreds of publications and thousands of books 16-19 centuries.

The monastery has a Museum where you can see exhibits that tell about the life of the Benedictine monks. The most valuable exhibits of the Museum can be called Alpnachstad crucifix of the 12th century, the Royal regalia of king Otto IV (1208 g), and the model of the monastery until the last fire of 1729.

At the monastery factory to make cheese, which can be purchased in a small shop, along with local meats, jams and honey.