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27. The Franciscan Monastery
The first Franciscans probably came to Bozen during St. Francis’s lifetime, around 1221. The expansion of Franciscans occurred with the reformation movement of Bernardin of Sienna and it was at this time that the monastery in Kaltern was founded. Claudia de’Medici, the ruler of Tyrol and founder of the Franciscan movement, gave the 15th century-old ruin of Rottenburg to the Franciscans. She also gave them part of the garden area for the erection of a church and monastery. At the beginning of the 18th century, the church was enlarged to its present size. The merciful painting of the holy Antonius von Padua on the right side of the alter portrays great devoutness. The Antonius cycle on the cross was created in 1721 by Matthias Pußjäger.