Därstetten Abbey Church

Därstetten, Switzerland

Around the third quarter of the 12th century  Freiherr von Weissenburg donated land along the Simmen river to the Augustinian order for a monastery. The monastery was first mentioned in 1228 along with the surrounding village. In 1368 the Freiherr von Brandis inherited the Weissenburg lands including patronage of the monastery. It continued to expand during the 13th and 14th centuries as nobles donated lands and the monastery bought estates.

The monastery church of St. Mary became the burial church of the Freiherrs. In 1439 the city of Bern acquired the Weissenburg lands including the monastery and the village. In 1486 they forced the monastery to accept the authority of the college of canons of the Cathedral of Bern. In 1528, Bern adopted the new faith of the Protestant Reformation and secularized the monastery. The monastery church became the parish church of newly created parish.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Stefan Bieri (2 years ago)
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Alessandra Nardi (2 years ago)
Absolutely stunning little church in the alps. Lovely
Marlena Amalfitano (3 years ago)
This is a beautiful tiny church where my granfather Feuz worshipped, as well as the Abbuhls and KNuttis who were friends and relatives. It is very simple.
Richard John Evans 易政亨 (3 years ago)
So sweet of a church
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