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pfarrkirche maria himmelfahrt lana chor absis schnatterpeck altar

Schnatterpeck Altar

The parish church of Lana di Sotto is adorned by a particularly valuable gem: the Gothic high altar by Hans Schnatterpeck

Hans Schnatterpeck, painter and workshop owner lived in Merano in the 15th century and created a true masterpiece just a few kilometres from his home. He was widely known at that time and had several journeymen who studied in his workshop. So in 1503 he was commissioned by Provost Peter Saltner of Lana di Sopra (Oberlana) to create a high altar for the newly built parish church of Lana di Sotto (Niederlana). In the following years the winged altar was realised by Hans Schnatterpeck with the help of his journeymen. He died around 1510.

The 14.10 m high and 7 m wide artwork was carved from chestnut wood and then gilded with ducat gold. 35 figures, some of which are up to 1.80 m tall, as well as the rare depiction of God with the body of Christ on his lap, called the Mercy Seat, decorate the altar. The outer sides of the wings were painted by Hans Schäufelein, a student of Dürer, with scenes of the Passion of Christ.

Schnatterpeck's work was extremely well paid with 1,600 (Rhenish) guilder: It was the highest sum ever paid in Tyrol for a Gothic winged altar and for which one could buy 8 loads of wine and 3 farms at that time. Today the altar, the largest winged altar in the Alpine region, is the highlight of the Assumption of Mary Parish Church in Lana di Sotto and is one of the most beautiful late Gothic works in South Tyrol. And how can it be reached? Lana di Sotto is situated about 11 km from Merano, a bus stop is only a few metres away. The parking possibilities are limited. In the surroundings, also the hike along the Brandis Waalweg path leads past by. The church itself is accessible only during a guided tour which takes place in summer on a regular basis.

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Opening times

  • Mon 15 Jul 11:00 - 12:00
  • Tue 16 Jul 11:00 - 12:00
  • Wed 17 Jul 11:00 - 12:00
  • Thu 18 Jul 11:00 - 12:00
  • Fri 19 Jul 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sat 20 Jul 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sun 21 Jul closed

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Guided tours - spring 2024 (02/04/2024 - 01/06/2024)

  • Mon 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Guided tours - summer start 2024 (03/06/2024 - 29/06/2024)

  • Mon 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 12:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

Guided tours - summer 2024 (01/07/2024 - 31/08/2024)

  • Mon 11:00 - 12:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 12:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 12:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 12:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sun closed

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) 11:00 - 12:00

Guided tours - autumn 2024 (02/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • Mon 11:00 - 11:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 11:00 - 11:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 11:00 - 11:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 11:00 - 11:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 11:00 - 11:00 15:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 11:00
  • Sun closed

Admission

on request

More information

The altar is accessible only during a guided tour: The guided tours are offered every year from early April to the end of October in German/Italian language at 11 am and at 3 pm, on Saturdays and in high summer only at 11 am, closed on Sundays. Season start 2024 on the 2nd of April.

The parish church of Lana di Sotto stays closed outside these hours and during the guided tours. During the winter months, the altar is accessible only for groups upon request, closed during Lent.

Church service (in German language) every Friday at 7 pm and Sunday at 10 am.

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