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Monastero Di Sabiona, Chiusa

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  • We plan to visit this monastery after eating. The town of Chiusa is pedestrian so have to park in the market square, where is the tourist office, to which entered in to get information on the rise. If someone thinks there funicular or anything similar, is very wrong: only you can climb on foot. There are signs on the street who say that in 20 minutes you get up, which we confirmed in tourism. Nothing more inaccurate. Confident we get the parking ticket for 100 minutes, thinking that with half an hour to go up, 20 minutes to download and 30 minutes to see the churches and chapels, we andaríamos sobrados. In addition, were more of 1515 and at 17.00 h. closed the entire complex. Full Via Città Bassa (opposite a former bakery in green) leaving an alley with a sign "Salita Sabiona" that will take us, unique twists and turns and passageways, until the slope of climb to the monastery. The climb is hard so you have to take it easy. The stations of the cross, strategically located in its chapels, will allow us to stop occasionally to recover breath. To UPS, the Valley, encased, is appears us with River, bold Highway, the train tracks, peoples and their roofs, the vineyards on the steep slopes... After a while (half an hour) we saw on our heads the white "Liebfrauenkirche" with the chapel of Maria. Still, it took a few minutes to reach the door that goes to the walled enclosure of the monastery. Almost 1600 were when we could see the beautiful medallions painted under the dome representing 8 unique scenes of the life of the Virgin Mary. Again with the lungs ready... we follow up the broad "Camí de ronda" that runs under the wall heading to the convent, thinking that they would be on the verge of closing when we came. After about 400 m we found a passage dark and narrow; through this we reach a kind of "patio de armas", already inside the fortified and surrounded by service buildings and residences. Just opposite, climbing stairs, one gets to the Church of the Holy Cross, with its magnificent trompe-l'oeil paintings that seem to prolong the ship in all directions. The views of the village 200 m below are impressive. The whole is of an aura of romanticism that inspired Hoffman, Schiller, Novalis, or even our Bécquer and us impregnated with peace and tranquility, above all because we have not seen any person in all the time. It seems that "we have cast" or that has forgotten them close, since it is almost to five in the afternoon. Recalling that our ticket expires at that hour, we abandon this religious "acropolis", leaving this time through the tunnel of the "right", that leaves us in the middle of the forest. We estimate that these large and comfortable down ramps will enable us to get to the parking lot in little more than 10 minutes. How wrong they were!. We're going down an adapted road, surrounded by green, with small twists and a bank where to rest. The descent is easy but we moved little since the slope is very gentle. Finally at about 1720 reach, suddenly, the road entering the village. There are no signs indicating anything, so we decided to cross and get in, assume, streets that will go down to the parking lot, which we know is under our feet. Even if we only try is with fragments of streets that always end up in private homes. We asked a villager and tells us there is no way to download, except by heavy traffic road. Seeing that the clock loomed at 17.30, we opted for "throw down Middle Street", i.e., through the tunnel, traffic and without sidewalks, to reach the other side of the mountain, and hopeful that there we could get to the car park. This meant having to go more than 2 kms. but there is another. Through 150 m of tunnel sharing the ridiculous hard shoulder with trucks, buses and other many vehicles was not comfortable (and safe). Out we saw that you repeated lack of streets that SMSs to the village, so we had that keep walking up to a gas station, from where you could take by the well known Via Fraghes, traversing all the people at good pace and reach the parking almost to six in the afternoon, thinking that the inaccurate information about times and routes to the monastery It would have left us a "beautiful trap" or fine in our "machine". Fortunately the small 500 windshield appeared unabated sanctions and we could return to the afternoon, quite embarrassed (both in the race against the clock made by having surpassed our ticket almost in 1 hour) and after eating more than one bottle of water, leaving behind this pretty village, thinking about how easy that would be placing more posters in the ways of ascent and descent to the monastery which will also indicate the times with much more accuracy than that now show it. Unfortunately, in our memory mingle the beautiful paintings and corners of the monastery, with the fatigue of the ascent and the anguish of not reaching the parking easily, comfortable and safe.
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  • It is a very well kept monastery above the city of Chiusa. A nice little way goes up from the city, and after 25 minutes you will reach this beautiful monastery and church, which are worth a visit"  more »
  • Among the beauties in Chiusa/Klausen-and there are many-there is no doubt the monastery Säben (= Kloster Säben), which in an exceptional setting, perched on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by vineyards, overlooks the majestic village and a large section of the Val d'isarco. Its origins are ancient, as attested by the remains of the first bishopric dating from the 5th-6th century, and is been developing in later centuries, always maintaining a primary spiritual importance for the entire Tyrol, of which even today is considered the Acropolis. The monastery, where they currently live in seclusion some sisters can be reached easily. I advise you to get there on foot along the ancient route of the Via Crucis that rises from the historic centre of Chiusa, Velturno and from there by car or reaching-or later from Pradello, fraction of Closed-walk along the beautiful chestnut road (see review). In any case the walk is fulfilling and generous with spectacular panoramic views.
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