Erzabtei St. Ottilien, Sankt Ottilien

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St. Ottilien Archabbey (St. Ottilia's Archabbey) is a Benedictine monastery in Emming near Eresing and the Ammersee in the district of Landsberg, Oberbayern, Germany. It is the mother house of the St. Ottilien Congregation, otherwise known as the Missionary Benedictines.
In the 16th century a small castle was built at Emming, including a chapel dedicated to Saint Ottilia. Both castle and chapel were made over in the Baroque style in the 17th century.
After several changes of owner, and the demolition of much of the castle in 1884, the estate came in 1886 into the possession of Andreas Amrhein, formerly a Benedictine from Beuron Archabbey. His vision of combining the Benedictine way of life with engagement in the Christian mission field had proved impossible to realise within the Beuron Congregation, and for that reason he sought to found a new and independent group. After an initial foundation in Reichenbach am Regen in the district of Cham in 1884 the community moved to Emming in 1887, where the monastery took its name from the already existing chapel of Saint Ottilia. In 1886/1887 the adjunct Rhabanus-Maurus-Gymnasium St. Ottilien was founded as a school for young Benedictian monks and the first group of missionaries were sent to Africa the same year.
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  • Wonderful weekend retreat led by Fr. Otto, in English. Neither my first not last time going to St.Ottilien. a wonderful escape from everyday life to learn something new with like minded people...  more »
  • Returning to Munich with a friend we decided to take the turn-off for the Abbey of St Ottilien. My friend is from Munich, but she had never been here before. Visiting one of the historic Klosters is.....  more »
  • One of the oldest monasteries around, beautiful grounds, farm and main house of worship, along with a fascinating free museum of the missionaries work in Africa and Korea. Also a gift shop. Not an overcrowded tourist area. Go into the first Parking area for a short visit through the main grounds. The second parking area requires a walk through more modern dorms and the cow farm/slauter house. Not the ideal first impression :)
  • Beautiful church and garden.
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