The rock spur enthroned by the Sabiona monastery was already inhabited in the Neolithic period and is considered to be one of the most ancient pilgrimage sites of Tyrol.
Sabiona monastery towers up a striking rock spur about 200 m above Chiusa. Since 1687 this monastery has been a Benedictine monastery and has first been inhabited by the nuns of Nonnenberg close to Salzburg. In 1699 Sabiona Monastery was elevated to a convent and Maria Agnes Zeillerin was elected the first abbess of the convent and still today nuns live in the monastery.
This area was already settled in the Neolithic period. Instead of the monastery, in those days there was a late Roman settlement. Archaeological findings testify that from this place the Christian faith was spread all over South Tyrol.
On the Sabiona rock spur, there are four chapels: the Chiesa delle Vergini, the Cappella delle Grazie, the Torre di S. Cassiano and the Chiesa S. Croce. The latter was seat of the bishopric of Sabiona. Around 1,000 AD the seat was transferred to Bressanone.
> Our tip: starting from the city of Chiusa you can reach the monastery of Sabiona within a 45-minutes’ walk, along the Via Cruxis you reach this famous site within 30 minutes only.