List of Christian monasteries in Switzerland

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This is a list of Christian religious houses in Switzerland for either men or women, whether in operation or not.[1]



  • Baulmes Priory (Prieuré de Baulmes, Prieuré Saint-Marie, Prieuré Notre-Dame et Saint-Michel) (dissolved) at Baulmes (Vaud): Rule of St. Columbanus, later Benedictine monks (652-before 1123); Cluniacs (before 1123-1536/37)[2]
  • Beerenberg Abbey or Mariazell Abbey (Kloster Mariazell am Beerenberg) (dissolved), at Wülflingen (Winterthur): hermitage (1318-1355); Franciscan friars (1355–65); Augustinian Canons (1365-1527/28)
  • Beinwil Abbey (Kloster Beinwil) (dissolved),[3] at Beinwil (Solothurn): Benedictine monks (1085-1554)
  • Bellelay Abbey (Abbaye de Bellelay) (dissolved), at Bellelay (Berne): Premonstratensians (1136-1797)
  • Bellerive Abbey (Abbaye de Bellerive) (dissolved), at Collonge-Bellerive (Geneva): Cistercian nuns (1150-c.1542)
  • Bellevaux Abbey (Abbaye de Bellevaux) (dissolved), at Lausanne (Vaud): Cistercian nuns (founded 1267/68; Cistercian from 1274x1293-1536)
  • Bellinzona (Ticino):
    • Collegiate church (founded before 1168; extant)
    • Augustinian Canons (1444/45-1811/12)
    • Santa Maria della Grazie: Franciscan friars (1481x83-1848)
    • Jesuits (1646-1675)
    • Benedictine priory: monks (1675-1852)
    • Ursuline nuns (1730-1848)
  • Benken Abbey (Kloster Benken) (dissolved), at Benken (St. Gallen): monks of unknown order, possibly Benedictine (before 741-mid/late 9th century)
  • Berlai Priory or Mont-Berlai Priory (Prieuré de Berlai, Prieuré Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Berlai) (dissolved), at Avenches (Vaud): Benedictine monks (founded before 1134; deserted by 1216)
  • Blonay Priory (Prieuré de Blonay) (dissolved), at Blonay (Vaud):[4] Benedictine monks (before 1210-1536)
  • Bollingen Priory (Kloster Bollingen) (dissolved), at Bollingen (St. Gallen): Cistercian nuns, later Premonstratensian nuns (founded shortly after 1229; dissolved 1267)[5]
  • Bonmont Abbey (Abbaye de Bonmont) (dissolved), at Chéserex (Vaud): Cistercian monks (1110x20-1536)
  • Bremgarten (Aargau):
    • Capuchin friary, Bremgarten (dissolved): Capuchins (1617-1841)
    • St. Clare's Priory, Bremgarten (Frauenkloster St. Klara) (dissolved): Beguines (before 1406); Franciscan Tertiaries (1406-1798)
  • Broc Priory (Prieuré de Broc) (dissolved), at Broc (Fribourg): Benedictine monks (before 1228-1577)[6]
  • Bubikon Commandery (Kommende Bubikon) (dissolved), at Bubikon (Zürich): Knights Hospitallers (1184x1198-1789)
  • Burier Priory (Prieuré de Burier) (dissolved), at Montreux (Vaud): Benedictine monks (before 1163-1536)


  • Cappel, see Kappel
  • Cazis Priory, formerly Cazis Abbey, at Cazis (Graubünden): nuns, rule the (late 7th or early 8th century-1156); Augustinian canonesses (1156-c.1565/70); Dominican nuns (from 1647; extant)
  • Claro Abbey (Santa Maria Assunta di Claro), at Claro (Ticino): Benedictine nuns (founded 1490; extant)
  • Churwalden Abbey at Churwalden (Graubünden): Premonstratensian monks (founded around 1150; dissolved 1803/07)
  • Collombey Abbey (Abbaye Saint-Joseph d'Arbignon), at Collombey-Muraz (Valais): Reformed Bernardine nuns (founded here[7] 1647; extant)
  • Cossonay Priory (Prieuré de Cossonay) (dissolved), at Cossonay (Vaud): Benedictine monks (first half of the 11th century-1672)[6]



(originally a double monastery; see Sarnen for the nunnery formerly part of Engelberg)
  • Engental Priory (Kloster Engental) at Muttenz (Basel-Land): Cistercian nuns (before 1450-1534)[9]
  • Erlach Abbey, also known as St. Johannsen Abbey (Kloster Erlach or Abtei St. Johannsen; dedicated to Saint John the Baptist) (dissolved), at Gals (Berne): Benedictine monks (1093x1103-1528)
  • Eschenbach Abbey or Priory (Kloster Eschenbach), at Eschenbach (Lucerne): Augustinian canonesses (1292/1309-1588); Cistercian nuns (from 1588; extant)
















  • Uznach Abbey, see St. Otmarsberg Abbey





  1. ^ Despite their names, the Abbaye des Écharpes Blanches at Montreux and the Abbaye d'Echallens are not religious houses but very long-established shooting associations, founded for self-defence purposes
  2. ^ as a subordinate priory of Payerne
  3. ^ later re-established at Mariastein Abbey and sometimes known as Beinwil-Mariastein Abbey
  4. ^ the priory church was located in the neighbouring village of Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz, which also belonged to the lords of Blonay
  5. ^ united with Wurmsbach
  6. ^ a b dependant on Lutry
  7. ^ previously at Saint-Maurice and Monthey
  8. ^ the traditional date was 614, but archaeological investigation does not corroborate this
  9. ^ apparently a re-foundation of a 13th century monastery
  10. ^ a b c re-established as part of Mariastern-Gwiggen in Austria
  11. ^ possibly under the Rule of Caesarius of Arles
  12. ^ the community was relocated at the old Priory of Gries in the South Tyrol (formerly Austria, now Italy) and is now known as Muri-Gries
  13. ^ re-established at Thyrnau Abbey or Rathausen-Thyrnau in Bavaria
  14. ^ the other hospices were run by Augustinian Canons
  15. ^ "Geschichte" (in German). Dominikanerinnenkloster Maria Zuflucht. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  16. ^ the community is now based at Wettingen-Mehrerau Abbey in Austria