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

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

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The Convent of St. John in Müstair is said to have been founded by no less than Charlemagne. The church and the Holy Cross Chapel, both from the 8th century, 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 added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites primarily because of the 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 grants 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 hours

May - October:   9am - 5pm
Sundays and feast days: 1.30pm - 5pm
November - April:   10am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Sundays and feast days: 1.30pm - 5pm
25th December closed

More information

museum & butia
Clostra Son Jon
7537 Müstair
T +41 81 851 62 28
museum@muestair.ch
http://www.muestair.ch
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