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Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria

The highest located Benedictine Abbey of Europe (1,340 m a.s.l.) rises above Burgusio in the Val Venosta valley.

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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Opening times

  • Mon 06 Feb closed
  • Tue 07 Feb closed
  • Wed 08 Feb closed
  • Thu 09 Feb closed
  • Fri 10 Feb closed
  • Sat 11 Feb closed
  • Sun 12 Feb closed

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Monastery Museum - spring 2023 (03/15/2023 - 06/18/2023)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Easter 2023 (04/06/2023 - 04/10/2023)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Liberation Day 2023 (04/25/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Labor Day 2023 (05/01/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2023 (05/29/2023) closed

Republic Day 2023 (06/02/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Monastery Museum - summer 2023 (06/19/2023 - 09/17/2023)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Feast of the Assumption 2023 (08/15/2023) closed

Monastery Museum - autumn 2023 (09/18/2023 - 10/31/2023)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Admission

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)
free with the Museumcard and museumobil Card

crypt, library, St. Stephen and exhibition depot:
€ 27.00 guided tour (crypt, library and exhibition depot) with museum entry
€ 10.50 guided tour to the library with museum entry
€ 10.50 guided tour to the crypt with museum entry
€ 10.50 guided tour to St. Stephen with museum entry
€ 10.50 guided tour to the deposit with museum entry
€ 7.50 guided tour to the church with museum entry

More information

Closed on Sundays and church holidays. Crypt, library, St. Stephen and exhibition depot are accessible only during a guided tour (dates on request).

In winter, the "ora et labora" Monastery Museum in the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria is open only at the end of the year, the summer season 2023 will start on March 15.

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