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Saint John Abbey in Müstair

2 km away from Tubre in the Val Monastero valley, already on Swiss territory, there’s a famous World Heritage site.

When you follow the road from Tubre, the most western municipality of South Tyrol, 2 km further towards west, you are already in Switzerland, more precisely in Müstair. This village is famous for the St. John Benedictine Abbey - "Kloster St. Johann in Müstair" in German, "Monastero di San Giovanni a Müstair" in Italian. The monastery was founded in 775 AD by Charles the Great, King of the Langobards, after he escaped a blizzard. In the middle of the 12th century, St. John became a nunnery. In 1528 the Convent Church, dedicated to John the Baptist, was made the Müstair Parish Church. In this Convent Church, the Swiss scientists Robert Durrer and Joseph Zemp discovered in 1894 gorgeous Carolingian frescoes from the first half of the 9th century, under myriad layers of other paintings. The frescoes conduced educated monks to delve into the message of salvation.

Above the vault, scenes from the life of King David (Old Testament) can be seen, furthermore numerous scenes from the New Testament can be found. The life of Jesus is shown starting at his childhood until his return at the Last Judgment. One scene sequence was brought to the Swiss State Museum in Zürich in 1908/09, the other frescoes were exposed with help of the nuns between 1947 and 1951. The Church of the Holy Cross, a Carolingian jewel, however, was restored in 2018, and is now open to the public again (on certain dates). In 1969, the Pro St. John Abbey Foundation was founded in Müstair to save the frescoes from ruin. Still today, nuns live in the complex - in the meantime declared a World Heritage site - and offer a spot of ease and reflection in their guest house. Some of the Romanesque pictures from 1200 can be seen in the Convent Museum, located in the Planta Tower, a more than 1,000 years old fortified residential tower.

12 centuries of convent, architectural and art history can be discovered. Acheological findings and cultural-historical treasures and jewels can still be admired, as well as the cloister, the convent cellar, reception and living areas and the beautiful Baroque "Hohenbalken Chamber". And how to reach the Saint John Abbey in Müstair? Is is located along the state road, a parking space can be found on the opposite side of the road. Also the PostBus Switzerland (Zernes - Malles) stops directly across from the building.

Currently, access may be subject to certain restrictions.

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Admission

guided tour of the Carolingian Church of the Holy Cross (about 60 minutes):
CHF 12.00 adults
CHF 8.00 students and apprentices (from 16 years on)
CHF 6.00 children and students (6-16 years)
CHF 30.00 family ticket (2 adults with max. 3 children)
CHF 4.00 each additional child of the family

guided tour of the Convent Church from the 8th century (about 45 minutes):
CHF 10.00 adults
CHF 8.00 students and apprentices (from 16 years on)
CHF 5.00 children and students (6-16 years)

guided tour of the Convent Museum (about 60 minutes):
CHF 12.00 adults
CHF 8.00 students and apprentices (from 16 years on)
CHF 6.00 children and students (6-16 years)
CHF 30.00 family ticket (2 adults with max. 3 children)
CHF 4.00 each additional child of the family

combined guided tour (Convent Church and Convent Museum, about 90 minutes):
CHF 12.00 adults
CHF 8.00 students and apprentices (from 16 years on)
CHF 6.00 children and students (6-16 years)
CHF 30.00 family ticket (2 adults with max. 3 children)
CHF 4.00 each additional child of the family

admission fees for groups on request

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1 Swiss franc makes approx. 0.90 Euros, payments can also be made in Euros.

winter - March and April 2021:
Monday to Saturday from 10 am to noon time and from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Sundays and public holidays from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
summer - May to October 2021:
Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm
Sundays and public holidays from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
winter - November to April 2022:
Monday to Saturday from 10 am to noon time and from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Sundays and public holidays from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

The only day of complete closure is December 25.

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