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Churches and Monasteries in Upper Venosta Valley

Upper Venosta Valley is one of the most important stages of the Stairways to Heaven project, also called the Romanesque Road, which leads from Switzerland through South Tyrol to Trento. Here can be found important churches and monasteries from the Carolingian era to the High Middle Ages. The history of these sacred buildings with their fresco cycles and bestiaries is unique.

Treasures such as St. Benedikt in Malles/Mals and St.Veith on the Tarces hill, St. Johann in Tures/Taufers, St. Nikolaus at Burgusio/Burgeis or St. Stefan near Monte Maria Abbey reach back to the Early Middle Ages, between the 8th and 12th centuries. They survived the wars of the times. St. Pankratius and the oldest chapel of St. Jakob in Tyrol near Glorenza/Glurns with significant Romanesque wall paintings date back to the 13th century. It is worth seeing St. Leonhard in Laudes/Laatsch with its precious winged altar.

Great excursions lead to Monte Maria Abbey above Burgusio, to the nearby Swiss monastery of St. Johann in Val Müstair, which is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage, and to St. Prokulus in Naturno/Naturns, whose frescoes date to the 8th century, and is complimented by a new museum.
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    Monte Maria Abbey

    Marienberg Abbey above Burgusio/Burgeis dates back to the 12th Century. The highest located Benedictine abbey in Europe is situated at an altitude of 1,340 m a.s.l., since 900 years monks live here according to the rules of Saint Benedict of Nursia. ...
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    San Benedetto Church

    The St. Benedikt church of Malles/Mals was ercted in the 8th century A.D. Its Carolingian frescoes are among the earliest murals in central Europe. One of the paintings depicts the only existing portrait of a landlord of the Franks.
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    Church of St. Nikolaus

    An inscription refers to the first consecration of the church in 1199. The nave has a flat ceiling and is equipped with oylets. The choir has a semi-circular, vaulted apse with a Majestas representation and two well-preserved Evangelist symbols. ...
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    Church of San Vito

    The mystical Tarces Hill towers amidst the green valley of Upper Venosta Valley, surrounded by the villages of Glorenza/Glurns, Mazia/Matsch and Malles/Mals. Due to its position as viewing platform, the schist drumlin was already settled in ...
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    Convent of St. John

    The St. Johann Benedictine convent of Müstair Valley across the border in Switzerland is a well-preserved monastery complex that dates back to the Carolingian period. It was included in the list of UNESCO world cultural heritage sites in 1983.
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    Church of S. Leonardo

    Lovers of Gothic ought not to miss this gem. Not only the S. Leonardo's Church winged altar from the late 15th century, associated with the wood-carving studio of Hans Schnatterpeck, but also the unique frescoes, are worth seeing.
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    Church of San Giovanni

    In 1220, the Church of San Giovanni/ St. Johann in Taufers was built as a Romanesque church in the shape of a cross. The fully frescoed groined vault depicts its Byzantine influence. It is worth seeing the Late Romanesque frescoes.
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