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Sabiona Monastery

Perched dramatically atop a rocky hill and overlooking the Isarco Valley, the Sabiona Monastery stands as a sentinel of history and spirituality. Read more

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With its ancient stone walls and spires reaching towards the sky, it is a testament to centuries of devotion and a symbol of the South Tyrolean region. Säben Monastery, also known as the "Acropolis of Tyrol", is one of the oldest Christian sites in the region, with its origins dating back to the pre-Roman period. Throughout history, it has served as a spiritual beacon, a fortress, and a place of pilgrimage.
The sprawling complex of the monastery is home to a series of chapels, each marking different epochs in its history. The most iconic among them is the Church of Our Lady, renowned for its stunning frescoes that narrate biblical tales. Inside, visitors can marvel at the gothic altars, early Christian frescoes, and the serene atmosphere that seems to transcend time.
A stroll around the monastery grounds offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, vineyards, and the charming town of Chiusa below. The pathway to the monastery, though steep, is a spiritual journey in itself, with fourteen chapels along the route representing the Stations of the Cross.
Today, Benedictine nuns inhabit the monastery, maintaining its age-old traditions and practices. The aura of peace, combined with the rich history and architectural marvel, makes Sabiona Monastery a must-visit for those journeying through South Tyrol.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Säben Monastery

Church of Our Lady

Admire the stunning frescoes and gothic altars, providing a glimpse into the artistic mastery of bygone eras.

The Monastery Museum

Discover artifacts, religious relics, and exhibits detailing the monastery's storied past.

Panoramic Terraces

Offering breathtaking views of the Isarco Valley, these terraces are perfect spots for reflection and photography.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

An ancient structure dating back to the 6th century, it stands as a testament to the monastery's early Christian roots.

Benedictine Convent

Meet the nuns who call Sabiona home and immerse yourself in their daily rituals and prayers.

Stations of the Cross Pathway

Follow this spiritual path leading to the monastery, marked by fourteen chapels symbolizing Christ's journey to crucifixion.

Ancient Defensive Walls

Witness remnants of the fortress that once stood here, protecting the region from invaders.

Nearby Vineyards

Explore the local vineyards, taste exquisite South Tyrolean wines, and understand the region's rich viticulture.

Town of Chiusa

Stroll through this picturesque town at the foot of the monastery, famed for its medieval charm and artisanal shops.

Guided Tours

To delve deeper into the monastery's history, opt for guided tours that shed light on its significance and legends.

What else to visit
In and around Sabiona Monastery

Bressanone (10.43 km)

Nestled in the heart of South Tyrol, Bressanone (also known as Brixen) is a harmonious blend of Italian charm and Austrian heritage.

Selva di Val Gardena (10.86 km)

Amidst the rugged beauty of the Dolomites, Selva di Val Gardena emerges as an alpine jewel. With its blend of Ladin culture, expansive ski terrain, and nature's artwork, it's where mountain passion meets Italian elegance.

Bolzano (23.06 km)

Bolzano, a city where north meets south, combines the best of Italian and Austrian culture. Impressive mountains, medieval streets and excellent gastronomy will surprise you at every turn.

San Giovanni di Fassa (25.65 km)

San Giovanni di Fassa, a gem in Italy's Dolomites, beckons with alpine vistas and the timeless allure of Italian culture. It's a place where nature's grandeur harmoniously blends with local traditions, offering a retreat both serene and invigorating.

Messner Mountain Museum (27.12 km)

Curated by the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, it offers a profound journey into the world of alpine landscapes and the challenges and culture of mountain climbing.

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