Art & History
Kloster Maria Zuflucht
In the church of the Dominican Convent of Mary Refuge you will find a special, protected and quiet place of wonder. Here you can relax wonderfully. The energies are not particularly strong, since the predecessor churches, whose construction still paid attention to force fields, were located in a different place. It is worthwhile to visit the church at the time of the choir prayer!
The community of Beguines, which has existed here since the 9th century, joined the Dominican Order in 1256. This makes the Dominican Sisters of Weesen one of the oldest female religious settlements in Switzerland. The monastery was originally located "extra muros civitatis", outside the city walls. Probably the church was located in the area of today's guest house in the south wing, in the 17th century the entire complex was rebuilt slightly downhill and in the 18th century there were plans to move the monastery upwards, to the Gmähl, due to the recurring floods, which then made the construction of the Linth Canal superfluous. After monastic life almost came to a standstill in the late Middle Ages, it experienced a great heyday, especially in the 19th century.
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