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 in the monastery. 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, Monastery Church, Church of the Holy Cross:
open daily from the morning to the evening
Church of Our Lady: from July to the end of October 2017
July and August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm
September: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm
October: Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm

Admission - churches:
free

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

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Sambergerhof
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    Hotel Sambergerhof

  2. Waldheim - Alpine Appartements
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    Waldheim - Alpine Appartements

  3. Hotel Goldener Adler
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    Hotel Goldener Adler

  4. Gnolhof
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    Gnolhof

  5. Rasiglerhof
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    Rasiglerhof

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