In 1980, a series of valuable Romanesque frescoes were uncovered in the crypt after being hidden away for centuries. Presenting a unique vision of heaven, these featured depictions of angels that are undoubtedly among the most beautiful Romanesque artworks in the Alpine region.
Over the course of its dynamic history, the monastery was close to being dissolved on a number of occasions but remained the spiritual heart of the valley. As early as the Middle Ages, the monks dedicated themselves to pastoral work and education. Boasting both the monastery school in the abbey and the Merano secondary school, which was established in 1724, Marienberg served as a major influence on the province’s spiritual elite.
Today, the monastery welcomes pilgrims and visitors interested in culture, offering a guest house, a museum, a monastery shop and seminar rooms for external events, courses and retreats. Men are also able to sample the full monastery experience for a limited period. In addition, visitors can sign up for guided tours.
The show rooms on the ground floor of the Marienberg reflect the history of the monastery and the region. Presented under the adage of “Ora et labora”, objects, pictures, photographs and films provide an overview of the history of the monastery and how everyday life is spent behind its walls. Artworks and artefacts dating from the 11th century take visitors back to the early days of the monastery, almost 1,000 years ago. A variety of temporary exhibitions in the museum also offer a wonderful insight into the monks’ lives over the course of time. Among the many attractions at the museum, the film discussing the Romanesque depictions of angels in the crypt is a particular highlight.