900 years Engelberg Monastery

When monks arrived in this region in the High Middle Ages, it is said that they were greeted by singing angels. This is where Engelberg Monastery, founded in 1120, and the nearby town get their name. The prominent mountain, where the singing was heard, is now called Hahnen and is Engelberg’s local mountain.

Ever since it was founded, the Benedictine monastery has shaped the history of the high valley. Following the founding of the Engelberg writing school in the mid-1100s, it has played a leading role in education, and today, it has its own training campus. The current monastery building was built after its third fire in 1729 and is one of the largest baroque buildings in Central Switzerland. The monastery’s church is in fact also a parish church. In the western gallery, you will find the organ. With its 9097 pipes distributed across 137 stops, it is the largest organ in Switzerland and one of the largest in the world. The idea behind the miniature sheet is to present the monastery as a living and breathing place. This is illustrated by the lights in the windows, as well as the people in the forecourt. White curves convey a dynamic quality, and the blue colour scheme represents power, energy, warmth and balance. The Hahnen mountain sits majestically in the background.

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Technical information


Philately: from 27.2.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last
Branches (in the region only): from 5.3.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last


Unlimited from 5.3.2020


Offset, 4-colour; Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein


Stamps: 64 × 55 mm
Miniature sheet: 105 × 70 mm


White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm²




Oliver Fuchs & Jan Schweizer, Stansstad