The Ittinger Museum is located inside the Kartause Ittingen, a former Carthusian monastery near Warth-Weiningen. The museum was founded by the curator of the Thurgau Historical Museum, Dr. Margrit Früh, in 1983. Its most important "exhibit" is the building itself, including the church, the monk cells or the refectory.
The history of the monastery in Ittingen goes back to the foundation of an Augustinian monastery in 1150. It was bought by the Carthusians in 1461 and then underwent major transformations.
The church walls with their pointed arch windows date from the 14th century.
The baroque choir stalls were created by Chrisostomus Fröhli from Bichelsee in Thurgau and completed in 1701.
Between 1763 and 1767, the church received the current rococo decoration by a group of artists from southern Germany. The carvings are by Matthias Faller, the frescoes by Franz Ludwig Hermann and the stucco marble altars were created by Johann Georg Gigl, who had just finished his work at the Stiftskirche St. Gallus und Otmar and the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen.
Several other rooms can be visited, showing the day to day work and life of the monks.
In contrast to other religious orders, the Carthusians did not eat their daily meals together in the refectory, but individually in the cells. They gathered in the refectory only for the Sunday lunch. The paintings are by Johannes Asper and the medallions in the wall paneling showing hermits were added in the 18th century.
In 1848 the monastery was dissolved. In 1867, it was bought by the Fehr family which ran the Kartause Ittingen as a model farm until 1977. The monastery complex was essentially preserved during this time with the Fehr family living in the rooms that had formerly served the prior.
In 1880, a loggia with terrace and covered seating area was added in front of the south wing.
In 1977 Kartause Ittingen was sold to the newly founded Ittingen Charterhouse Foundation and extensively restored.
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