Cazis Abbey

Cazis, Switzerland

Cazis monastery was founded at the beginning of the 8th century by the Bishop Viktor II of Chur. In 1156 it was converted to the Augustian rule. In 1526, after the Reformation, the monastery was dissolved.

In 1647 the monastery was rebuilt by Bishop Johann VI as a Dominican interior priory, but in 1768 destroyed by fire. In 1855 a girls' school and in 1955 a housekeeping school was founded.



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Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland


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Birgit Roth (4 months ago)
A hospitable, clean, well-kept and quiet guest house of the Dominican Sisters in the monastery of Cazis. I had booked a tasty breakfast for the overnight stay. If I can, I would like to spend a few days there again. I can highly recommend it.
Sabine D. (9 months ago)
Very friendly, attentive sisters in a lively, not outdated convent. If you wish to have a conversation or pastoral care, you can be accompanied by well-trained sisters. Real spiritual atmosphere, beautifully designed prayer times with polyphonic singing, harp and organ. Quiet rooms in a well-kept house. Good home cooking served by sisters. Beautiful walks in the immediate vicinity, monastery garden invites you to linger. A place to unwind and recharge :-)
Markus Wyss (13 months ago)
As always very likeable; Calm, good food, good "spirit"! Thank you very much! M Wyss
Lothar Bickel (2 years ago)
A place of peace and strength to recharge your batteries for everyday life. Wonderful walks in the area and wonderful food then in the monastery. And always take part in the devotions with the sisters throughout the day. This also strengthens for the "world out there" again.
Theres Widmer (2 years ago)
A place where you can find peace and recharge your batteries
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