The monastery Benediktbeuern, founded in 739, is the oldest and one of the most beautiful one in Upper Bavaria. The first three abbots Landfried, Waldram and Eliland are also descended from the nobility clan of the ‘Huosifamilie’. One of the main religious relics, the right arm of the holy Saint Benedikt, was handed over to the buron before the year 800 by ‘Karl the Great’. As a result the buron up to then called cloister was renamed as Benedicto-Burum. Already after completion of the cloister construction the first school was founded. Already in Carolingian time the cloister owned a famous scriptorium. After the decay of the empire in the10th century and the Hungary storm in the year 955 in which the cloister was destroyed and almost all monks died, the monastic life was also no longer existent.
Saint Ulrich of Augsburg restored the church and established a ‘Kanonikerstift’. In 1031 provoste Reginbert handed over the rebuilt ‘Kanonikerstift’ to reform abbot Ellinger of Tegernsee who introduced the observance of the Benedictinian regulates again and who founded the convent school anew. After emperor Heinrich III had returned again its worldly possessions to the cloister, it reached his cultural climax under abbot Walther (1138 - 1168). Goldsmith's art and painting blossomed also in the cloister, the linguistic monument of the ‘Carmina Burana’ originated here and the valley of the ‘Jachenau’ and the ‘Walchenseeufer’ were opened for the settlement.
In the years 1681 to 1686 today's cloister church was entirely rebuilt in the Baroque epoch with the typical Italian early baroque accents. The church boasts a fresco cycle of the life of Christ by Hans Georg Asam (father of the famous architect-interior decorator brothers), but is rather overshadowed by the Anastasia chapel, a separate chapel to the north, which is a miniature masterpiece by Johann Michael Fischer.
After the Napoleonic Secularization, in 1930 a congregation of Salensian monks acquired the cloister buildings and took over with it the inheritance of the Benedictinian forefathers. Today the cloister has different other functions. Besides the clerical life there is the possibility to use the cloister buildings for conferences, concerts and events.