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Pilgrimage basilica Maria Weißenstein

Surrounded by meadows and woods, the most popular sanctuary in South Tyrol – Maria Weißenstein – is situated on a hill near the village Petersberg. The unique atmosphere is given even more magic with the wonderful view, ranging from the Dolomites with Mt. Schlern and Mt. Rosengarten to Ortler Group.

The pilgrimage church is open all year round from 7.30 am to 7 pm. Pilgrim’s paths start from Petersberg, from Deutschnofen and from Aldein. The crossroad from Leifers to Maria Weißenstein is especially beautiful. Since the end of the 18th century, the parish church in Leifers accommodates the original of the picture of grace of the Mother of Sorrows. In Maria Weißenstein, there is a copy of the 16 m high Pietà of alabaster on the impressive Baroque altar.

In addition to hundreds of votive tablets, the visitors in the pilgrimage church can admire the frescoes by Joseph Asam of Mölckh and by Alfons Siber. Directly near the church, there is the chapel of Saint Peregrinus Laziosi, the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer and the most highly regarded saint of the Servite Order. A pilgrimage and youth hostel, an education centre as well as an inn guarantee the spiritual and physical well-being of all visitors.

History

Legend has it that Virgin Maria appeared to farmer Leonhard Weißensteiner in 1553, healing him from his disease. As a reward, the farmer built a small church, the so-called original chapel, which can be visited inside the church still today. During the 17th century, a Baroque church has been built surrounding this chapel, as pilgrims were coming more frequently. At the beginning of the 18th century, the sanctuary has been refurbished and the Servite Order has built a monastery.

In 1985, Pope John Paul II gave Maria Weißenstein the title “basilica”, highlighting the enormous importance of the pilgrimage church the same way as during his visit in 1988.

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Maria Weißenstein
Maria Weißenstein

Servite Monastery and pilgrimage church on Mt. Regglberg near Petersberg in Eggental

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Maria Weißenstein in winter
Maria Weißenstein in winter

Pilgrimage church in Eggental

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Maria Weißenstein in winter
Maria Weißenstein in winter

Pilgrimage church in Eggental

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Maria Weißenstein
Maria Weißenstein

Maria Weißenstein is a pilgrimage place and monastery in the environs of Peterberg. In 1988, Pope John Paul visited this beautiful place.

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Obereggen in Eggental
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Award-winning cuisine (3 toques by Gault Millau), with modern rooms & suites, indoor pool and heated outdoor pool.

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Piccolo Hotel - Obereggen in Eggental
Piccolo Hotel
Obereggen in Eggental
4.6 Excellent

Small but nice! We look after every guest individually and try to fulfil every wish! We want to make your days at Piccolo Hotel into the most beautiful of the year!

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Erica Wellness & Vitalhotel - Deutschnofen in Eggental
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Erica Wellness & Vitalhotel
Deutschnofen in Eggental
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good life Hotel Zirm - Obereggen in Eggental
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good life Hotel Zirm
Obereggen in Eggental
4.4 Very good

A nature paradise in summer, directly at the slopes in winter – holidays in a hearty and relaxing atmosphere.

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