The Capuchin Friary is situated to the west of the city of Rapperswil, below the Lindenhof of Rapperswil Castle on the shore of Lake Zürich on a peninsula called the Endingerhorn.

The friary was established in 1606, consisting originally of only four priests and three brothers (friars), as a Roman Catholic counterpart to the centre of the Reformation in Zürich. The monastic buildings were built by the citizens of Rapperswil, and belong to the locality of Rapperswil, while Endingen - the site of the buildings - belongs to Einsiedeln Abbey. The friary was dedicated on 23 September 1607 by bishop Johannes V Flugi von Aspermont and is still in use. In 1662 the buildings were fortified: a small fort was built at Endingerhorn, and the monastery became part of the town walls as a fortified tower to the west of the city of Rapperswil.

The rose gardens and the Antoniusgrotte, dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, attract pilgrims. The lakeside location of its church is also popular for weddings. The Einsiedlerhaus is in origin the medieval bailiff's house of Einsiedeln Abbey, whence the name, and is situated at the former late 10th century ferry gate to the islands of Lützelau and Ufenau.



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Founded: 1606
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland


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Henk Te Nijenhuis (14 months ago)
Erg indrukwekkend en adembenemend mooi....
Denis Yakovlev (2 years ago)
Интересный музей внутри, не жалею, что ждал открытия. Хорошая подборка картин и вид сверху. Но нет оплаты картой
Sven Endres (2 years ago)
Sehr romantisch gelegenes Kapuzinerkloster direkt am Burgberg von Rapperswil mit Blick auf den Zürichsee. Das mittelalterliche Gebäude strahlt noch den richtigen Charme eines alteingesessenen Klosters mit großer Tradition aus und ist direkt vom Aufstieg zur Burg aus zu erreichen. Auch heute noch funktioniert es als Kloster und wer möchte kann dort zum Beispiel am Abendgebet teilnehmen. Wer in der Nähe ist, sollte sich in jedem Fall auf die nahezu magische Atmosphäre dieses Ortes einlassen.
A W (2 years ago)
When you are walking down or up the steep staircase overlooking the rose garden you can enter the Kappuzinerkloster Rapperswil in the middle and see the graves of the buried monks and the chapel on the right. When You look around the left side of the chapel, you see the door to the public cafe and meeting place the monks have running. If you want to enter, you need to pull the iron lever there. The monks have a restaurant offering coffee and they sell candles and cards to benefit the monastery. You will have to sit in the inner hall that offers no view overlooking the lake. If there is someone sitting on the desk, mostly someone from outside and not a monk, I would ask to be lead to the veranda and be able to sit there, being able to overlook the monastery garden and the lake. The participants of silent workshops at the monastery might sit there, so I would ask the lady on the desk weather some course is taking place where people remain silent to make her understand that I will take care to not bother anyone with questions or loudness or even extravagant photo taking. This is insider information, don't spoil it for the ones coming after you. The restaurant has nice coffee and the monks might pass by the restaurant. Feel free to say hello and maybe talk to the monks too.
Ricardo Rodrigues (5 years ago)
nice place
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