Mariastein

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Mariastein
ViaSurprise
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Stage 5, Zwingen–Mariastein
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Stage 6, Mariastein–Dornach
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Mariastein
Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)
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Dreiland-Radweg
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Stage 1, Liestal–Rodersdorf
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Mariastein
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Metzerlen-Mariastein
Mariastein

Mariastein

Mariastein Abbey, nestled into the lovely landscape of the gentle Leimental valley, is the most important place of pilgrimage in Switzerland after Einsiedeln Abbey. Around the meticulously restored abbey, hikers will find historic guesthouses that have offered shelter to pilgrims for centuries.
The Gnadenkapelle Maria im Stein (Chapel of Grace), located in a cave 59 steps below the abbey church, was built in the 15th century and has since attracted pilgrims who worship the Virgin Mary here as a smiling Madonna. Legend has it that the chapel was erected on the spot where a child miraculously survived a rock fall. The abbey was added later – in 1648, the Benedictine Order of Beinwil moved here and built the abbey and its church. Today, the church visually dominates with its classical, pillared main facade, built from Jurassic limestone in 1834.

In the wake of the conflict between the state and the Roman Catholic Church known as the «Kulturkampf», Mariastein Abbey was dissolved in 1874 by popular vote, and the monks relocated to Delle in France. The abbey was officially restored almost a century later following another plebiscite. The architecturally interesting buildings have been extensively restored and are in excellent condition. The abbey is run today by an active Benedictine brotherhood, and welcomes pilgrims as well as secular visitors. In the abbey itself and its surroundings, hikers will find historic guesthouses that have offered sustenance and shelter to pilgrims for centuries and thus radiate the unique atmosphere of a place of pilgrimage.

Highlights

  • Abbey Church – extensively restored in 2000, this originally late Gothic, three-aisled basilica dating to the 17th century boasts a classical facade and magnificent ceiling frescoes and wall murals.
  • Chapel of Grace – since 1434, a place of pilgrimage below the abbey church where believers come to worship the Virgin Mary.
  • Rotberg Castle – 13th century castle that fell into ruin after the age of chivalry, was restored in 1935 and now houses a youth hostel.
Mariastein Abbey, nestled into the lovely landscape of the gentle Leimental valley, is the most important place of pilgrimage in Switzerland after Einsiedeln Abbey. Around the meticulously restored abbey, hikers will find historic guesthouses that have offered shelter to pilgrims for centuries.
The Gnadenkapelle Maria im Stein (Chapel of Grace), located in a cave 59 steps below the abbey church, was built in the 15th century and has since attracted pilgrims who worship the Virgin Mary here as a smiling Madonna. Legend has it that the chapel was erected on the spot where a child miraculously survived a rock fall. The abbey was added later – in 1648, the Benedictine Order of Beinwil moved here and built the abbey and its church. Today, the church visually dominates with its classical, pillared main facade, built from Jurassic limestone in 1834.

In the wake of the conflict between the state and the Roman Catholic Church known as the «Kulturkampf», Mariastein Abbey was dissolved in 1874 by popular vote, and the monks relocated to Delle in France. The abbey was officially restored almost a century later following another plebiscite. The architecturally interesting buildings have been extensively restored and are in excellent condition. The abbey is run today by an active Benedictine brotherhood, and welcomes pilgrims as well as secular visitors. In the abbey itself and its surroundings, hikers will find historic guesthouses that have offered sustenance and shelter to pilgrims for centuries and thus radiate the unique atmosphere of a place of pilgrimage.

Highlights

  • Abbey Church – extensively restored in 2000, this originally late Gothic, three-aisled basilica dating to the 17th century boasts a classical facade and magnificent ceiling frescoes and wall murals.
  • Chapel of Grace – since 1434, a place of pilgrimage below the abbey church where believers come to worship the Virgin Mary.
  • Rotberg Castle – 13th century castle that fell into ruin after the age of chivalry, was restored in 1935 and now houses a youth hostel.

Arrival and return Mariastein

Adresse

Kanton Solothurn Tourismus
Hauptgasse 69
4500 Solothurn
Tel. +41 (0)32 626 46 56
info@kantonsolothurntourismus.ch
www.kantonsolothurntourismus.ch

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Mariastein
Jugendherberge Mariastein
Jugendherberge Mariastein
Mariastein
Klosterhotel Kreuz
Klosterhotel Kreuz
Mariastein
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Hiking in

Mariastein
ViaSurprise
ViaSurprise
Stage 5, Zwingen–Mariastein
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ViaSurprise
ViaSurprise
Stage 6, Mariastein–Dornach
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Cycling in

Mariastein
Jura Route
Jura Route
Stage 1, Basel–Courgenay (Courtemautruy)
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Dreiland-Radweg
Dreiland-Radweg
Stage 1, Liestal–Rodersdorf
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Dreiland-Radweg
Dreiland-Radweg
Stage 2, Rodersdorf–Mulhouse
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Mountain biking in

Mariastein
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