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Sabiona abbey

High above Chiusa the majestic Sabiona abbey sits on a mighty rock known as the “holy mountain”. The area was already settled during the New Stone Age and the abbey is one of the oldest pilgrimage destinations in Tyrol. It is from here that the Christian faith is said to have spread throughout South Tyrol. Since the 17th century the abbey has been occupied by Benedictine nuns and for some time was also the bishop’s see. The abbey can be reached from Chiusa town centre via a crossroads and a promenade. Four churches belong to the abbey and are popular destinations for pilgrims: the Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche), St. Mary’s Chapel (Marienkappelle), the convent church (Klosterkirche) and the Church of the Holy Cross (Heilig Kreuz Kirche). Due to the strict Benedictine rules, the abbey itself is only accessible to the nuns.
 
 
 
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