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Werd Monastery, Thurgau, Switzerland | by Billy Wilson Photography
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Werd Monastery, Thurgau, Switzerland

"The Kloster Werd is a Convent of the Franciscan (OFM) on the island of Shall at the outlet of Lake Constance at Stein am Rhein, the long by 200 meters of wood web connected to the mainland. It belongs to the municipality and catholic parish of Eschenz.


The foundation of the monastery goes back to the exile of the founder and first abbot of the St. Gallen monastery, Otmar (689? - 759), to the island. After his posthumous rehabilitation and canonization (864), a small convent of the Benedictine order was established on the island to look after the Otmar shrine with a small chapel. Otmar relics were also brought to the island in the 18th century.


The property belongs to the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, but was leased to the Swiss Franciscan Province in 1957, which is now part of the Austrian Franciscan Province of Austria as the Custody of Christ the King. The six monastery brothers (as of 2018) live simple and poor, celebrate Holy Mass in the monastery chapel, pray the hours of prayer and are active in pastoral care and street work in Zurich. Part of the island and the monastery chapel are open to visitors." - info from Wikipedia.


During the summer of 2018 I went on my first ever cycling tour. On my own I cycled from Strasbourg, France to Geneva, Switzerland passing through the major cities of Switzerland. In total I cycled 1,185 km over the course of 16 days and took more than 8,000 photos.


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Taken on June 26, 2018