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Experience sacred architecture

Omnipresent, diverse and rich in stories

There is no town or village in South Tyrol without a church: Heavily influenced by Christianity, the province has a high density of churches, chapels, monasteries and abbeys, the oldest of which date back to the early Christian period. Chapels were built as protection for travellers, hospices and Commenda for chivalric orders along much-frequented paths that served as a link between north and south in the early Middle Ages. In addition, there were monasteries in the countryside as well as larger churches and cathedrals in cities. Today, well over 250 churches have been preserved and are accessible to the public. You can visit these buildings, which are interesting from a cultural, artistic and art-historical perspective. They bear witness to the region’s eventful history.

The most beautiful churches and monasteries in South Tyrol

Discover rare Byzantine paintings, pure early Romanesque architecture, and the famous altar designed by Michael Pacher. Few areas have such a high density of churches as South Tyrol. Discover the distinct features these churches, chapels and monasteries from different eras and styles. You will find our recommendations here.

Sleep inside old walls

‘Historic South Tyrol’ is a group of accommodation that consciously preserves old buildings, maintains them with care, and keeps alive the heritage of hospitality.

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Places to stop and linger

Pilgrimage sites in our region are often very special, not least because of their location: they frequently stand on a hill with a view, often lonely in the woods, or sometimes prominent in the centre of a village. Those who make their way to these special places can sense the unique atmosphere even before they arrive. Nature has a calming effect, allowing one to take a deep look within. But its the mystical ambience that makes it easier for pilgrims to look within and draw strength from everyday life.

Discover pilgrimage sites

In addition to the Maria Weißenstein monastery, the province’s largest pilgrimage site, there are many other churches, places and squares that invite you to meditate and reflect. Most of these spots can be reached on foot.

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Alpine Road of Romanesque Art - Stairways to Heaven

Many cultural centres emerged along former trade and pilgrimage routes across the Alps.  You can still experience the spirit of those times at these historical places.

Stephanskapelle chapel
Kloster Marieberg
Schloss Tirol

Historical places of contemplation

Find strength in prayer, admire art-historical relics or simply escape from everyday life for a few moments. From the Vinschgau to Eggental valley, these places of contemplation welcome you.

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More cultural offerings in South Tyrol

Our turbulent history has shaped us and our culture. Discover for yourself our keen interest in preserving our cultural heritage by visiting old buildings, historical town centres and enlightening museums.

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