A Municipality Becomes a District
The village was founded in the High Middle Ages as an agricultural settlement around a fortress. Gradually, it developed into an important and increasingly well-known trade centre. In the 19th century, Gries-San Quirino was also a climatic health resort. Then, in 1901, Emperor Franz Joseph I finally promoted it to the status of market town.
In 1925 during the fascist period, Gries-San Quirino was incorporated into Bolzano. Even today, however, the district maintains its village character with its old town centre, the Muri-Gries Benedictine Abbey, the St. Augustin Collegiate Church and - in the middle of a historic cemetery - there is an old Gothic Parish Church. Inside there is a wooden winged altar by the famous Tyrolean painter and carver Michael Pacher.
This altar was built between 1471–75 and is considered a masterpiece of Gothic art. It is one of the best-preserved wooden winged altars in the entire region. Additionally, one can visit the church a Romanesque wooden cross from the 13th Century, probably originating from supra-regional provenance.
MURI-GRIES – Convent Estate/Winery
Fine wines that reflect the special characteristics of the grape varieties and the terrain are made with great passion in the ancient cellars of the Benedictine convent of the same name.