Ottobeuren Abbey

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Benedictine abbey in Ottobeuren, Bavarian Allgäu, Germany. Founded in 764 by Saint Tuto. In the 11th century the house was in decline, it’s structures in disrepair and the brothers known for lax discipline; Abbot Adalhalm rebuilt the abbey, added a convent and introduced the discipline reforms of Hirsau. The abbey burned in 1153. Rebuilt, it burned again in 1217. By the early 15th century the house had only a handful of brothers and very little income. In the early 16th century, however, Abbot Leonard Wiedemann led to the house to develop a reputation for Benedictine studies and as printers. The abbey was secularized in 1802 but restored as a priory in 1834 and an abbey in 1918. The abbey continues its good work today and is known for a rich music program.

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  • “Ottobeuren Abbey“. Gazetteer of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 November 2009. Web. 22 January 2019. <>