UNESCO World Heritage site – the Convent of St. John in Müstair

UNESCO World Heritage site – the Convent of St. John in Müstair

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Already its founder was of world stature – the Convent of St John in Müstair was said to have been built by Charlemagne. The church and the Holy Cross Chapel, both from the 8th century, still stand to this day.

The Planta Tower was built in the 10th century and is the oldest fortified tower in the Alps. But these ancient structures are not the main reason for the enormous interest in the convent; it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site primarily because of the exceptional Carolingian and Romanesque wall paintings in the church.

Originally the complex was a monastery, but it has been the home of Benedictine nuns ever since the 12th century. The museum gives an insight into their life, as well as displaying artistic and historical treasures. The convent also offers guided tours of the museum and church.

Open daily (excl. 25 December)

May–October:   9.00–12.00am & 1.30–5.00pm (convent shop 9.00am–6.00pm without break for lunch)
Sundays & public holidays: closed in the mornings
November–April:   10.00–12.00am & 1.30–4.30pm
Sundays & public holidays: closed in the mornings

 


Information

museum & butia
Clostra Son Jon
7537 Müstair
T +41 81 851 62 28
F +41 81 858 62 92
museum@muestair.ch
http://www.muestair.ch
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The Convent of St. John in Müstair

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