The island of Reichenau on Lake Constance preserves
the traces of the Benedictine monastery, founded in 724, which
exercised remarkable spiritual, intellectual and artistic influence. The
churches of St Mary and Marcus, St Peter and St Paul, and St George,
mainly built between the 9th and 11th centuries, provide a panorama of
early medieval monastic architecture in central Europe. Their wall
paintings bear witness to impressive artistic activity.