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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair is a World Heritage Site in Val Müstair, Switzerland. It is recognized for its exceptionally well-preserved Carolingian art.

The Benedictine Convent of St John dates back to AD 780, when it was founded by a bishop of Chur, supposedly on the orders of Charlemagne. This was one of the monasteries built during a construction wave that also erected monasteries in narby Cazis, Mistail, Pfäfers and Disentis.


Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, Switzerland
Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair, Switzerland
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The most important structure at the Benedictine convent is the Church of St John the Baptist. This simple, rectangular church has a 20-meter long nave. To the east are three tall semi-circular apses. On the exterior are blind arcades.

The earliest frescoes at the Benedictine Convent of St John was executed in the 9th century, with new ones added in the 11th and 12th centuries, when the abbey was renovated and expanded.

Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee in Florence, Italy, on 5 - 9 December, 1983.


Another view of the Benedictine Convent of St John
Another view of the Benedictine Convent of St John
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authorshipGeorg Mittenecker
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N46 37 46.02 E10 26 51.54
Inscription Year: 1983
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III
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