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Säben - Sabiona is one of the oldest monasteries in South Tyrol. It used to be a bishop seat from the middle of the 6th untill the 11th century when the seat was moved to the near city of Brixen - Bressanone. Until the present days there live nuns completely segregated from the outer world. Nevertheless the 4 churches which belong to the monastery can be visited by the public (after climbing a steep path for about 45 minutes). All of them have quite interesting frescos, in particular the Heiligkreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) contains some incredible trompe-l'oeil of the 17th century.

A sign of the secular power of the bishops in past centuries is the position of the monastery, like a fortress on the top of a rock, 200 meters almost perpendiculary above the city of Klausen - Chiusa which lays on the most important road crossing the Alps.

As often I had some problems with overexposing ...
PP: Contrast adjusted, unsharp mask, resized and reshapened.

BTW the shot of myself I put in my intro was taken just in front of the church at the top of the hill. :-)

Spoony, jean-marie, beho, nwoehnl, Zanni, ale, Gix, jp80, papagolf21 has marked this note useful

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  • Copyright: Guenther Wanker (Guenther) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1055 W: 61 N: 1482] (10915)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-10-17
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2004-11-18 16:34
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