Benedictine Abbey Ottobeurenwas founded in 764 by Blessed Toto and dedicated to St. Alexander, the martyr. Toto, its first abbot, died about 815 and that St. Ulric was its abbot in 972.The Church of the Benedictine Abbey at Ottobeuren was designed by Johann Michael Fischer, an 18th-century Bavarian architect. The design of Benedictine Abbey Ottobeurenis based on a conventional basilica. The exterior, though baroque, is relatively simple and restrained, in contrast the interior is rich and highly decorated. After 8th century the fires, wars and waning interest threatened the monastery over the next 900 years. The Abbey’s stunning museum and amazing Baroque basilica are two attractions for the visitors. In the early 18th century, the Abbey’s reputation was returned to its former stature by the efforts of Abbot Rupert Ness. Abbey and its properties were annexed (secularized) by the Bavarian government at the start of the 19th century. Although its independence was later restored by the king of Bavaria, the Abbey never recovered its former importance.