There are many significant cultural treasures located in the Upper Venosta Valley, like the churches, abbeys and chapels
dating back to the early Middle Ages. The sacred buildings have even survived the war between the Grisonians and the Habsburgs.
The John's Church
in Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch is a very old romanic church, stands in the south-east part of the village. The church was built in the Romanesque style by the von Tschengls as their proprietary church at the end of the 13th century. Particular sights worth seeing are the Romanesque and Gothic frescoes, the gallery from c. 1600, the wooden baroque ceiling and pews and the frescoes by Karl Plattner.
The Stairways to Heaven
project passes historic treasures of the early and the high Romanesque period, between Grisons in Switzerland and South Tyrol. The sacred relics of the Middle Ages start from the Benedictine St.
Johann Abbey in Val Müstair/Münstertal (Switzerland) to the Marienberg Abbey
above Burgusio/Burgeis in Malles/Mals. Marienberg is the highest located abbey in Europe. Other Stairways to Heaven gems in Upper Venosta Valley are the Carolingian St. Benedict in Malles and St. Veith on the mythical Tarces hill.