Convent of St. John

In Switzerlands idyllic mountain valley, Val Mstair, we find the Benedictine Convent of St. John.


We travel by PostBus through a stunning European landscape: the Mstair Valley. Far removed from the outside world, time moves at a slightly different pace here. The original local language, Romansh, is still very much alive and well. At the centre of this valley is the UNESCO World Heritage Convent of St. John. According to legend, Charlemagne founded the monastery in 774 after surviving a snowstorm here. Originally founded as a men's monastery dedicated to John the Baptist, Benedictine nuns have inhabited these mighty walls since 1163. Here, youll come face to face with more than twelve hundred years of art history and cultural history. There are 135 beautifully preserved frescoes: the largest and most important collection of early medieval frescoes in Switzerland brings the life and beliefs of the early Middle Ages vividly to life.


Our Tips

  • The valley museum in Valchava is a clever combination of contemporary art and local museum. Well worth a visit.
  • The villages of Mstair and St. Maria are gems of Alpine architecture that fuse historical architecture and modern design.
  • Linger awhile in the monastery shop. The nine Benedictine nuns put a lot of spirit into the gifts they make.



Turissem Val Mstair Chasa Cumnala

7532 Tschierv


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