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Churches & monasteries in South Tyrol

In South Tyrol, historical buildings, castles and manors, tell us about ancient traditions and customs. However, some of the most important sites are the numerous churches, monasteries, abbeys and pilgrimage sites, which are present in the city centres as well as in rural areas.

All those, who are interested in culture, religion and mystical places of worship in occasion of the holidays in South Tyrol, are offered countless sites with significant historical backgrounds.

The religious monuments in the city centres are particularly popular. For instance, Brixen, Bozen and Meran each dispose of splendid cathedrals and parish churches. All of them are decorated with beautiful facades as well as with precious frescos, statues and paintings – partially realised by South Tyrolean artists – in their interior.

The smaller localities, however, allow you to practice your faith in simpler, lovingly kept parish churches, far from the masses of people. As the bigger cathedrals, the village churches and chapels offer equally precious interiors. A wonderful example could be the collegiate church of Innichen in Hochpustertal, built during the Romanic period.

Pilgrimage churches & abbeys

If you are looking for solitude, tranquillity and authentic contact with your spiritual self, you should absolutely visit one of South Tyrol’s pilgrimage sites or abbeys. The Neustift Monastery is particularly beautiful. The Augustinian monastery was established more than 850 years ago and still exists today. In addition to the religious activity, the monastery collaborators cultivate and sell agricultural products, such as various herbs and fruit. As well, Neustift is known for its first-class wines all over the world.

The Benedictine abbey Marienberg in Mals in Vinschgau as well as the Heilig Kreuz hospice in Alta Badia are worth a visit, too.

Every year, numerous religious celebrations and events take place in the churches and chapels. In addition to the residents, also guests appreciate the feasts, allowing them to find inner peace and to escape from the everyday problems for some time.

A holiday in South Tyrol is a wonderful opportunity to find your real selves and to enjoy the natural beauty of the region in the meantime.

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Old parish church in Gries
Old parish church in Gries

Old parish church in Gries

© Tourismusverein Bozen Bolzano
Cathedral of Brixen
Cathedral of Brixen

The cathedral in Brixen was once the most influential prince-bishopric and the bishop residence until recently.

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Säben Monastery near Klausen
Säben Monastery near Klausen

In summer, the monastery's guesthouse also welcomes pilgrims and guests.

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Parish church in Algund
Parish church in Algund

The new parish church was dedicated to St. Joseph and was built from 1966 to 1971 according to the plans of the architects Willy and Lilly Gutweniger.

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St. Valentine church in Villanders
St. Valentine church in Villanders

Interesting frescoes are decorating the wall above the entrance gate of this small church.

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St. Kathrein church
St. Kathrein church

The small church in Hafling is a popular photo spot.

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St. Prokulus church
St. Prokulus church

Inside the church, there are worth-seeing frescoes dating back to the 7th century, which are some of the most significant mural paintings of Middle Europe.

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Tramin on the Wine Route
Tramin on the Wine Route

Visitors can see the churches in Tramin from very far. This picture shows, for instance, St. Valentine church and the parish church which is dedicated to the Saints Julitta and Quirikus.

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Parish church in Tisens
Parish church in Tisens

Maria Himmelfahrt parish church in Tisens is one of the most important cultural sights of the village.

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St. Helena
St. Helena

Church in St. Pankraz in Ulten

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Laurein / Lauregno
Laurein / Lauregno

The Saint Vitus parish church is representative for the village.

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Church in St. Kassian
Church in St. Kassian

The church perfectly fits into the dreamlike natural landscape.

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Parish church in Wengen
Parish church in Wengen

The parish church in Wengen is dedicated to S. Genesius.

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