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Benedictine Convent of Saint John Mustair

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Address: Mustair 7537, Switzerland
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+41 81 851 62 28
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Amazing Frescoes

This little convent dates back almost a thousand years and was built right on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Inside there are the oldest and the largest Carolingian... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2017
Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

This little convent dates back almost a thousand years and was built right on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Inside there are the oldest and the largest Carolingian frescoes in the whole of Europe An amazing sight!

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Ticehurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 2, 2016

The Abbey of Saint John is an ancient Benedictine monastery in the Swiss village of Müstair, in the Canton of Graubünden. By reason of its exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

Thank Swissheidi2013
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2016

We took this in following local advice en route to Italy - The very old painting are truly wonderful. A "must come back to this place" place!

Thank Outofthelaw
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

We opted for a 1.5 hour guided tour (in German) of the museum. The guide was erudite, witty and enthusiastic resulting in a tour that was very interesting and well worth the money.

Thank cco2007
Lucerne, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

The church is really interesting and the monastery carefully presented. Overall a very nice exhibition and mixture of centuries of construction. Worth a trip not only because of the beauty of the trip but also this destination.

Thank Stefan G
Perugia, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2016

The church itself is perfectly beautiful and even the cemetery worth visiting,but what really stands out is the museum and gift shop. I came away with 2 booklets on the history of this community and its place in the valley,both physical and spiritual. Sometimes in order to truly appreciate a monument three dimensions are not sufficient,you HAVE to have the... More 

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Aurora, Ohio
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Reviewed January 24, 2016

This well preserved Benedictine monastery in Mustair is not the grand showcase that many European cathedrals display. As you enter the small chapel, the age and history of the room is felt. It was built around 780 and houses Romanesque frescoes from around 800. This is a place to visit to absorb the history, ponder spirituality, and enjoy the beauty... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is one-of-a-kind historical place. Certainly not for lovers of Disneyland. It is a very raw and real place of history and holiness. Amazing grace saved and translated in the course of 1200 years. Phenomenal frescoes from tow different periods, and incredible ambience of the place. Tranquility, holiness and art at its best.

Thank Ilya G
Biel, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 24, 2015

The farest End of Switzerland could be the Val Müstair. In the Village Müstair is this very famous and surprising monastery with the church and the chappel as well as the graveyard. You should also visit the small Museum (entry fee CHF 12.-- /p.person. The church shows some very beautyful frescos. You can reach this place by Post-Bus or by... More 

Thank Werner N
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Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a top attraction for anyone interested in culture or architecture. We were just in time for the guided tour which was very much worth it. We learnt about the lives of monks and nuns, then and now. I was very impressed by the smoke room which now has an amasing art work instead of the fire. Try to... More 

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