The ground floor of the highest located Benedictine abbey in Europe, Monte Maria, houses the “ora et labora” Monastery Museum.
Since 2007, the well-known Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria in the Val Venosta valley has been home to a museum. Called "ora et labora", i.e. "pray and work", it takes up the motto of the Benedictine order in its name, and provides an insight into the everyday life of the monastery. Artworks from the founding period, that's to say from the 12th century, are also on display.
The museum is housed in the former economic wing of the monastery, and also organises special exhibitions from time to time with collections from the monastery treasury. During the renovation in 2004-2008, the old building was largely left in its original state, and a second contemporary level was created. In this way, the structural changes of the last centuries can be easily understood, and there are also films and a wide variety of objects to look at.
The crypt houses a special feature: The fresco cycle from the period between 1175 and 1180 is a unique monument of Romanesque art. A large part of these well-preserved paintings was discovered in 1887, but they were not fully uncovered until 1980. You can also visit the library, the Church of St. Stephen, and the exhibition depot. And how to reach the "ora et labora" Monastery Museum - "Klostermuseum" in German, "Museo del monastero" in Italian? On foot the Benedictine Path leads from Burgusio to the monastery, by car there is a road leading from Burgusio towards Slingia/Watles. The car park is in a bend, from there it is another 100 m to the monastery.
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"ora et labora" Monastery Museum:
€ 5.50 adults
€ 4.50 groups
€ 3.00 students
free up to 14 years (if accompanied by their parents)
guided museum visit every 1st Wednesday of the month at 10 am (in German language)
library, crypt, church:
€ 10.50 guided library visit (museum included):
Wednesdays at 3.30 pm and Fridays at 10.30 am
€ 10.50 guided crypt visit (museum included):
Mondays at 3.30 pm, Thursdays at 10.30 am and Saturdays at 3.30 pm
€ 7.50 guided church visit (museum included)
The crypt, the library, the exhibition depot, and the St. Stephan Church are accessible only in a guided tour (in German or Italian language).
Monte Maria stays closed on Sundays and on church holidays, except on Easter Monday and Whit Monday.
June 15 - July 27, 2021: Abbot's Chapel with altar by Gregor Schwenzengast
exclusive guided tour for VenostaCard holders, Tuesdays at 11 am