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Novacella Abbey

The Augustinian Monastery of Novacella in the Valle Isarco valley is one of the most important monasteries in the entire Tyrolean region.

One of the most important monasteries in the Tyrolean area is located in Novacella (Neustift) near Varna, about 3 km north of Bressanone. Its foundation dates back to the 12th century and Hartmann von Brixen, then Bishop of Bressanone. In addition to the Novacella Abbey - “Kloster Neustift” in German, “Abbazia di Novacella” in Italian -, which was then built near the bishop’s town but in a lonely place, a hospital was also founded. Until its dissolution in the 15th or 16th century, travellers, pilgrims, the sick and the poor were cared for there.

Under Napoleon, Tyrol’s monasteries were also secularised, but monastery operations were resumed in 1816. In WWII it was misused as a supply camp and partly destroyed, but since 1949 the Novacella Abbey shines again in its Baroque splendour and is widely known as a sight. Augustinian monks still live in the monastery, which also houses a winery, an education centre and a hostel for students. Famous is the Baroque Collegiate Church of Our Lady, a Basilica minor with beautiful frescoes and rocaille stucco. The cloister with its Gothic ribbed vault and valuable late Gothic frescoes by Michael Pacher as well as the historic garden adjoin the basilica.

Also worth seeing are the magnificent library with its valuable collection of handwritings and the pinacotheca with the remarkable collection of Gothic panel painting. The Novacella Abbey is one of the 12 destinations of the Culturronda, a South Tyrolean cultural course. And how to reach it? The complex is located about 3 km from Bressanone. A free parking awaits you at the entrance to the monastery grounds. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed!

Opening hours: all year round
guided visits from Monday to Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm
Mondays from Easter to the end of December from 10 am to 5 pm without guide
high season (July and August) further guided visits at 10 am and noon time (more than 10 people)

closed on Sundays and church holidays
guided tours for more than 10 people by reservation

visits of the Historical Garden: from May 18 to September 18, 2020
from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm without guide

10.00 Euros (adults), 8.00 Euros (groups)
free for kids under 6 years
4.00 Euros (children and young people up to 17 years)

Further information:
phone: +39 0472 836189,

Access to this site may be restricted or prohibited due to current measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, in order to protect the health of visitors and employees.

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