villanders kloster saeben
villanders kloster saeben

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. 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.

More than three centuries - from 1687 to 2021 - this monastery was 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. Until November 2021, when the monastery was permanently closed, nuns lived here according to the rule of Saint Benedict of Nursia: "Ora et labora et lege" (Pray and work and read). It is currently managed by the Diocese of Bressanone-Bolzano, 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.

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Opening times

  • Fri 07 Oct 08:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 08 Oct 08:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 09 Oct 08:00 - 17:00
  • Mon 10 Oct 08:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 11 Oct 08:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 12 Oct 08:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 13 Oct 08:00 - 17:00

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Church of the Holy Cross (03/01/2022 - 10/31/2022)

  • Mon 08:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 08:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 08:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 08:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 08:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 08:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 08:00 - 17:00


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The opening hours of the churches vary:

Chapel of Mercy all year round, daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Church of the Holy Cross all year round, daily from 8 am to 5 pm
Church of Our Lady from July to October, Tuesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm
Monastery Church currently closed due to the closing of the monastery

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