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) towers up a striking rock spur about 200 m above Chiusa, known as “Acropolis of Tyrol”. This area was already settled in the Neolithic period. Later on, instead of the monastery there was a late Roman settlement.

Since 1687 this monastery has been a Benedictine monastery and has first been inhabited by the nuns of Nonnenberg 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. Archaeological findings testify that from this place the Christian faith was spread all over South Tyrol.

On the Sabiona rock spur, there are four churches: the Lady Chapel, the Monastery Church, the Church of Our Lady and the Church of the Holy Cross. The latter was seat of the bishopric of Sabiona. Around 1,000 AD the seat was transferred to Bressanone. Starting from the town of Chiusa you can reach the Sabiona Monastery within a 45-minutes’ walk, along the Via Cruxis, however, within 30 minutes only.

Opening hours - churches:
Lady Chapel 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 2018
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm (July and August)
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm (September)
Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm (October)

Admission - churches:

Further information:
phone: +39 0472 847424,

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Stephanshof

    Hotel Stephanshof

  2. Hotel Sambergerhof

    Hotel Sambergerhof

  3. Residence Sylvanerhof

    Residence Sylvanerhof

  4. Residence Apartments Laitacherhof

    Residence Apartments Laitacherhof

  5. Hotel Goldener Adler

    Hotel Goldener Adler

tips and more infos