Benedictine abbey of Marienberg
The highest located Benedictine abbey of Europe has got a long tradition in formal education.
The Marienberg monastery, a.k.a. Montemaria, is located in the municipal territory of Malles at 1,340 m asl, above the village of Burgusio. The white, castle-like building located in a slope basin dates back to the 12th century and was donated by the nobles Von Tarasp. The first monks derived from the Benedictine abbey of Ottobeuren in the Unterallgäu in Bavaria.
In 1724 the monks founded a Humanistic gymnasium, in the 20th century Marienberg itself hosted a private gymnasium. The benedictine Pius Zingerle, Albert Jäger and Beda Weber were an illustrious triumvirate in the gymnasium, until 1928, when it was forced to close its doors. Still today, however, the monks operate in the field of continuing education: weekend courses and monastery on time provide retreat in our frantic time.
The ground floor of the monastery, since 2007 hosts a museum, providing an insight into the life in the monastery. Also pieces of art dating back to the period of time in which it was founded are exhibited.
The crypt hosts a peculiarity: the fresco cycle of these days dates back to the period of 1175 and 1180 and represents a unique monument of Romanesque arts. A large part of these paintings has already been discovered in part in 1887, while they were completely laid open in 1980. Still today the frescoes are well-preserved.
> NB: today the monastery has got 14 members, living according to the rules of the Saint Benedikt von Nursia!
07.01.2013 - 23.03.2013
Monday till Saturday from 13.00 - 16.00
25.03.2013 - 31.10.2013
Monday till Saturday from 10.00 - 17.00
Open also Easter Monday, Whit Monday, 25. April, 1. May, 2. June, 2. November.
Closed every Sunday and on religious festivals (6. Jannuary, 15. August, 1. November, 8. December, 25./26. December).
Visits outside opening time only possible on request:
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Opening hours of the crypt (for praying):
Please note: during winter months the crypt remains closed and is only open for praying
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