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Pilgrimage church in Riffian

Riffian near Meran is an important place of pilgrimage in South Tyrol. Since the 14th century, pilgrims went "to the seven Sorrows of Mary" – that’s how the church is called.

It is a baroque church which was first mentioned in 1310 and until the 18th century it was rebuilt several times. Its greatest treasures are the high altar, which includes the statue of Mary and the baptismal font from the 12th century. In the attached chapel, there are marvellous frescoes, which were painted in 1425.

Legend has it that a farmer of Riffian followed a strong light in the river “Passer”. What he found was the statue of the painful Mother of God and so the village’s men decided to build a chapel on this place. The plan was followed by several accidents, which, together with the wink of some heaven’s birds, compelled the men to build the chapel in the cemetery of the parish church – without anymore troubles.

Particularly impressive is the way of the Cross, where many bronzes lead the way to the sanctuary. Make yourself this spiritual experience: in the pilgrimage town Riffian in Passeiertal.

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Pilgrimage church Riffian
Pilgrimage church Riffian

The Baroque pigrimage church „Zu den Sieben Schmerzen Mariens“ dating back to the 17th century

© Tourismusverein Passeiertal - Benjamin Pfitscher
Riffian in spring
Riffian in spring

View of Riffian at the entrance of Passeiertal

© Tourismusverein Passeiertal - Benjamin Pfitscher
Rösslsteig path
Rösslsteig path

Hiking trail from Saltaus to Riffian, leading also along the pilgrimage church of Riffian

© Tourismusverein Passeiertal - Benjamin Pfitscher
Pilgrimage church Riffian
Pilgrimage church Riffian

The Baroque pilgrimage church „Zu den Sieben Schmerzen Mariens“ dating back to the 17th century

© Tourismusverein Passeiertal - Petr Blaha
Riffian
Riffian

Idyllic position in the middle of vineyards

© Tourismusverein Passeiertal
Riffian
Riffian

Pilgrimage church and top hiking position at the entrance of Passeiertal Valley

© Tourismusverein Passeiertal - Marion Lafogler
Parish church in Riffian
Parish church in Riffian

The parish church is visible from very far.

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