The Reform and the Bernese era

16th-17th century

In the course of the Reform, the monastery was secularized in 1536, and the monks were asked to leave. In the 16th and 17th century, the Abbey Church served as a bell foundry. The three bells of the church itself as well as the small bell in the Regents’ house (ancient school) were very likely produced on site.

During the 17th century, the Bernese transformed the Abbey Church by installing intermediary floors. It was then used as a depot.

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