Kapelle DJI
Kapelle DJI

St. Stephen’s Chapel in Montani di Sopra

One of the most extensive Gothic fresco cycles of Tyrol can be admired in the “Sistine Chapel of South Tyrol” in the Val Venosta

Near the two castle ruins of Montani di Sotto and Montani di Sopra, on a rock spur at the entrance to the Val Martello valley in the municipality of Laces, the castle chapel dedicated to St. Stephen is located. This patron saint of coopers, coachmen, bricklayers, stonemasons, grooms, weavers, tailors and carpenters is venerated as a martyr in the Roman Catholic Church. The little church dates from the 14th or 15th century, but a small church probably stood here long before.

The chapel can be visited and is a real cultural highlight! The entire interior is decorated with magnificent wall paintings, which form one of the most extensive Gothic fresco cycles of Tyrol. Some of them - such as the Adoration of the Kings and the Evangelists - were realised around 1430/40 by a Lombard painter's workshop. Others - including the Passion Cycle and the Last Judgement - were made by a Swabian workshop (2nd half of the 15th century).

Nobody would suspect this from the outside, because with 8.7 x 8.2 metres, the chapel - "Stephanus-Kapelle Obermontani" in German, "Cappella di Santo Stefano" in Italian - appears very simple at first sight. The original manuscript of the Song of the Nibelungs from 1323 that was found here, on the other hand, is today kept in the Berlin State Library. The sacred building is administered by Tyrol Castle and is one of the 25 partner sites on the "Alpine Road of Romanesque Art". And how to reach it? From the car park in Morter, a 15-minute walk leads up to the chapel.

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Opening times

  • Thu 18 Apr closed
  • Fri 19 Apr 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sat 20 Apr 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sun 21 Apr closed
  • Mon 22 Apr closed
  • Tue 23 Apr closed
  • Wed 24 Apr closed

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Spring 2024 (05/04/2024 - 01/06/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sat 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sun closed

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) closed

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) closed

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Summer 2024 (07/06/2024 - 07/09/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sat 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sun closed

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) closed

Autumn 2024 (13/09/2024 - 26/10/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sat 14:30 - 17:30
  • Sun closed

Romanesque Day 2024 (12/10/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

€ 5.00 adults
€ 4.00 young people (16-18 years)
€ 4.00 groups (15 and more persons)
€ 4.00 seniors 65+
€ 4.00 people with disabilities
€ 4.00 students and apprentices (up to 27 years)
€ 2.00 school classes (per person)

€ 10.00 family ticket (2 adults with children under 16 years)
€ 5.00 family ticket (1 adult with children under 16 years)

free for children under 6 years

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The Chapel of St. Stephen in Montani di Sopra stays open every year from early April to the end of October every Friday and Saturday afternoon, season start 2024 on April 5.

Romanesque Day 2024 with guided tours between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, October 12.

Special opening for groups on reservation by calling +39 0473 220221 (€ 25.00 flat rate + admission). Guided tours on request, organised by Tyrol Castle.

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