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Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site

The Baroque basilica of Madonna di Pietralba, the “Cathedral in the Dolomites”, rises majestically in the Val d’Ega valley

At 1,520 m a.s.l., South Tyrol's most important pilgrimage site is located: Madonna di Pietralba, or "Maria Weissenstein" in German. The basilica rises majestically above the Val d'Ega valley near the village of Monte San Pietro. Here on the Monte Regolo, in 1553, the Virgin Mother appeared to the hermit Leonhard Weissensteiner after he had fallen into a deep ravine. In her honour he erected a little chapel, which was subsequently expanded and turned into an impressive Baroque pilgrimage church. The imposing white monastery was added later. In 1885, the image of the Sorrowful Mother of God was re-crowned by the then Bishop of Trento, Giovanni Giacomo della Bona.

The numerous votive pictures bear witness to the crowd of pilgrims who visit Madonna di Pietralba every year. Among the art treasures of the basilica are the high altar, which is covered with gold and silver leaf, the picture of the Sorrowful Mother of God and the frescoes done by Adam Mölk. Two chapels belong to the sanctuary: the original chapel inside the church and the Chapel of St. Peregrin Laziosi outside, patron saint of cancer patients. In 1925, the pilgrimage site was handed over to the Italian Servites (Servi di Maria). The place gained further fame in summer 1988, when Pope John Paul II visited it. But already Pope John Paul I appreciated it as a summer resort.

And how to reach the Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site? A well-signposted road takes you from the Val d'Ega valley to the pilgrimage church, where there is a large car park. It can also be reached on foot from Laives - the old pilgrimage path leads in about 4 hours from the Laives Parish Church via the Via Pietralba road to the basilica. It serves also as starting point for tours, such as the hike to the Monte San Pietro Hut or the winter hike to the Schmieder Mountain Hut.

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Opening times

  • Tue 23 Apr 07:30 - 19:00
  • Wed 24 Apr 07:30 - 19:00
  • Thu 25 Apr 07:30 - 19:00
  • Fri 26 Apr 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sat 27 Apr 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sun 28 Apr 07:30 - 19:00
  • Mon 29 Apr 07:30 - 19:00

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Pilgrimage church - spring 2024 (18/03/2024 - 02/06/2024)

  • Mon 07:30 - 19:00
  • Tue 07:30 - 19:00
  • Wed 07:30 - 19:00
  • Thu 07:30 - 19:00
  • Fri 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sat 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sun 07:30 - 19:00

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Pilgrimage church - summer 2024 (03/06/2024 - 08/09/2024)

  • Mon 07:30 - 19:00
  • Tue 07:30 - 19:00
  • Wed 07:30 - 19:00
  • Thu 07:30 - 19:00
  • Fri 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sat 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sun 07:30 - 19:00

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Pilgrimage church - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 30/11/2024)

  • Mon 07:30 - 19:00
  • Tue 07:30 - 19:00
  • Wed 07:30 - 19:00
  • Thu 07:30 - 19:00
  • Fri 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sat 07:30 - 19:00
  • Sun 07:30 - 19:00

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) 07:30 - 19:00

Admission

pilgrimage church:
freely accessible

guided tour:
voluntary donation

More information

The opening hours refer to the Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site, which is accessible every day during the day, if there are no church services. It stays open all year round.

Guided tour to the discovery of history, art and tradition of the pilgrimage site at 4 pm (approx. 1 hour, reservation by phone till noon time, max. 10 persons).

Church service in German language on workdays at 10 am, on church holidays at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. Church service in Italian language on workdays at 11 am and 6.30 pm, on church holidays at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm, in summer also at 5 pm.

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