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Places of Interest in our Neighbourhood

Abbey Monastero of Sabbiona

There is much to tell about the historical mountain fortress near Chiusa. The Bishop of Sabiona  moved to Bressanone in around 1000 A.D. Up until then, the Church of the Holy Cross had been  the cathedral of the Diocese of Sabiona for four hundred years. The mountain, referred to locally  as “The Holy Mountain" is thus one of Tyrol’s oldest shrines. The widely known Ladin cloister  was already referenced in the historical record back in 1503. For the past 300 years, a nunnery  has occupied the mountain. Today, the monastery itself is not open to visitors since nuns still live  there. Visitors can see its three churches and a chapel, though.

 

Velthurns Castle

The castle complex from the 16th century served the prince-bishops of Brixen (Bressanone) as  their summer residence until 1803. The castle’s deer garden was famous in its day, and there was  also an enormous outdoor aviary and a fish pond. The main attractions today are the precious  Renaissance furnishings with wood paneling, inlay work, carved portals, ceramic stoves, frescoes and an archaeological collection. The museum also houses the collection of South Tyrolean artworks from the 15th to 20th cen. which were bought or confiscated between the World Wars by the Italian Ministry of Culture and returned to the Province of South Tyrol in 1990.

Silver Mine Villanders

 

The mine at Pfunderer Mountain was first mentioned in historical documents in 1140 AD and  was given by Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa to the Neustift monastery in 1177. The entire  Villanderer Mountain is perforated with mine shafts. Within an elevation difference of 750 m. (2,500 ft.), sixteen tunnels were bored over the centuries. The entire network measures 16.5 km.  (10 miles), of which two thirds were excavated by hand and one third were blasted with  explosives. It provides a view of traditional ore removal methods, the production, and the  processing as well as the working conditions for the miners, who had a life expectancy of 35 to  40 years.

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Augustinian Abbey of Novacella

 

This is one of the most significant monasteries in Tyrol, and the majority of it is open to the public: the Baroque collegiate church with the famous ceiling frescoes by Matthäus Günther, the  medieval cloister with frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries, the library with its precious  manuscripts, and the art gallery with its impressive collection of Gothic panel paintings (by  Friedrich Pacher, Marx Reichlich, and Andreas Haller). To visit are too the historic Baroque  gardens with piscina and aviary (guided tours 2 May-12 October). In addition to these unique  gardens, the herb garden boasts around 75 species of local and exotic herbs.

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