Disentis Abbey, 7th century. Disentis-Muster. Photo: TES.

Disentis Abbey

The Benedictine abbey St. Martin in Disentis (Canton Graubünden) is one of the oldest monasteries in Switzerland. The abbey was founded in the eighth century and underwent many architectural changes. The present-day building dates from the so-called Vorarlberg Baroque style of the eighteenth century. Three construction periods can be distinguished: Carolingian 800-1000, Romanesque-Gothic 1000-1600 and afterwards Baroque. The abbey was an integral part of the European Benedictine network. Visitors of the abbey and/or abbey museum will also notice the name Disentis-Mustèr. Mustèr is Romansh for monastery.