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Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: c. A.D. 800
Date of Inscription: 1983
Location: Europe, Switzerland, Canton des Grisons (Graubünden) Val Müstair
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Description: Standing in a Grison valley, the Convent of Müstair is a fine illustration of Christian monastic renovation that took place in the Carolingian period. The site boasts Switzerland's greatest sequence of figurative murals, dating back to A.D. 800, in conjunction with Romanesque frescoes and stuccoes. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Convent of Saint John is an ancient Benedictine monastery in Müstair, Switzerland and, by reason of its exceptionally well-preserved heritage of Carolingian art, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is believed that the abbey was established ca. 780 by a bishop of Chur. It was converted into a nunnery in 1167. During the 20th-century restoration works, some Romanesque frescoes from the 1160s were discovered there. Other murals are dated to Charlemagne's reign. The UNESCO recognised these as "the most important cycle of paintings which is presently known dating from ca. 800" --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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