RS Kloster Saeben Winter
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Sabiona Monastery

The rock spur enthroned by the Sabiona Monastery is considered to be one of the most ancient pilgrimage sites of Tyrol.

The Sabiona Monastery - “Kloster Säben” in German, “Monastero di Sabiona” in Italian - towers up a striking rock spur, known as “Acropolis of Tyrol”. The complex lies embedded in vineyards and forest, about 200 metres above the town of Chiusa (Klausen). This area was already settled in the Neolithic period. Later on, instead of the monastery there was a late Roman settlement. Furthermore, archaeological findings testify that from this place the Christian faith was spread all over South Tyrol. The still existing Church of the Holy Cross, which can be visited today, was seat of the bishopric of Sabiona until around 1000 AD when the seat was transferred to Bressanone.

Since 1687, this monastery has been a Benedictine monastery and was first inhabited by the nuns of Nonnberg close to Salzburg. In 1699, the Sabiona Monastery was elevated to a convent and Maria Agnes Zeillerin was elected the first abbess. Still today, nuns live here according to the rule of Saint Benedict of Nursia: “Ora et labora et lege” (Pray and work and read). The monastery itself is not open to the public, but the beautiful churches can be visited.

On the Sabiona rock spur, also known as Mt. Sabiona or Holy Mountain, there are the Anniversary Fountain as well as four churches: the Chapel of Mercy (Lady Chapel), the Monastery Church, the Church of Our Lady and the Church of the Holy Cross. And how to reach the Sabiona Monastery? It is only accessible by foot. Starting from the town of Chiusa, you can reach it within a 45-minutes’ walk on the Sabiona Promenade, along the Via Cruxis, however, within 30 minutes only.

Opening hours - churches: all year round
Chapel of Mercy daily from 8 am to 6 pm
Monastery Church daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Church of the Holy Cross daily from 8 am to 5 pm

Church of Our Lady: from July to October 2020
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm
in October closed on Wednesdays

Admission - churches:
free admission

Further information:
phone: +39 0472 847424, info@klausen.it

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