The highest located Benedictine Abbey of Europe (1,340 m a.s.l.) rises above Burgusio in the Val Venosta valley.
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The Monte Maria Monastery - "Kloster Marienberg" in German, "Abbazia di Monte Maria" in Italian - is located above Burgusio, in the municipality of Malles in the Val Venosta valley. The white, castle-like building dates back to the 12th century and was donated by the Nobles of Tarasp. The first monks derived from the Benedictine Abbey of Ottobeuren in Bavaria. Today the monastery has got 11 members, living according to the rules of the Saint Benedict of Nursia.
In 1724, the monks founded a Humanistic Gymnasium in Merano, in the 20th century the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria itself hosted a private gymnasium and therefore has got a long tradition in formal education. 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, a guest house and "Monastery on Time" (only for men) provide retreat in our frantic time.
Since 2007, the ground floor hosts the "ora et labora" Monastery Museum, furthermore the library, the St. Stephan Church and the museum depot can be visited. And how to reach the Monte Maria Monastery? The road from Burgusio to Slingia/Watles leads to a parking space in a bend, from there it's just 100 metres to the building. Furthermore, the short St. Benedict Trail takes you from Burgusio to the monastery, and several hiking paths (such as the Hours' Trail) lead past it.
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Monastery Museum "ora et labora":
€ 5.50 adults
€ 4.50 groups
€ 3.00 students
free for children up to 14 years (if accompanied by their parents)
reduction with the VenostaCard
guided museum tour every Wednesday at 2 pm (in German language)
guided tour of the crypt, library, Saint Stephen and showcase:
€ 27.00 tour (crypt, library and showcase)
€ 10.50 guided tour of the library
€ 10.50 guided tour of the crypt
€ 10.50 guided tour of Saint Stephen
€ 10.50 guided tour of the showcase
The crypt, library, Saint Stephen and showcase are accessible only during a guided tour. The museum is accessible without guide: Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.
Monte Maria stays closed on Sundays and on church holidays, except on Easter Monday and Whit Monday. The Monastery Museum will be open also in the Christmas period.