Reisach Priory, dedicated to Saint Theresa, was founded as Urfahrn Priory in 1731 by Johann Georg Messerer, a counsellor at the Bavarian court, and was built between 1737 and 1741 by Abraham Millauer and his son Philipp to plans by the master builder Johann Baptist Gunetzrhainer. The interior of the church is by the Munich court painter Balthasar Albrecht.
Urfahrn Priory was dissolved in 1802, during the secularisation of Bavaria. In 1836-37, after failed attempts to establish a Franciscan community in the empty buildings, it was re-founded as Reisach Priory by a small group of Carmelites from Würzburg. Since 2001 Fr. Robert Schmidbauer OCD has been the prior here.
The Carmelite church is particularly noted for its sculptured Baroque crib, created in the second half of the 18th century, and counted as one of the best in Upper Bavaria. The wooden relief carvings on the side altars, including the Altar of the Scapular by Johann Baptist Straub, are also of exceptional quality.References:
Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration.
In 1890 Monet had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas.
Today the Monet's Garden is open to the public.