The three churches which today recall the great Benedictine heritage of this island are well worth a visit. The church of St Peter and St Paul has faded 12th century frescoes in the apse. The more impressive church of St George, with a beautiful cycle of eight wall paintings in the nave, heavily restored, is only open through guided tours. My favourite is the larger church of St Mary and St Mark: the Munster. This is basically a Romanesque structure with a late Gothic choir and a few altars and statues from later periods. Somehow it all works together. There is an example of early Christian art in the treasury, a 4th century ivory incorporated into a medieval ciborium. Monks have returned to the island after a hiatus of 250 years and there have been one or two living here since 2001. However, the monastic glory of this island is well in the past. It is not like St Gall or one of the many other great continuing monastic establishments in Germany.
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