The company was founded in 724 AD by the itinerant bishop Pirmin. Built between the 9th century and into the 11th, three Romanesque churches on the island symbolizes the early medieval architecture.
At the time of the Carolingians and their Ottonians considered intellectual outposts western world. Church frescoes illustrating the importance of the island as a center of European art in the 10th and 11th centuries.
Leading scholars taught at the famous convent school, which produced outstanding theologians, politicians, scientists, poets and musicians.
Other notable companies include the monastery library, Reichenau school of art and goldsmith. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 2000.