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15 June 2020

Jì en Jeunn

Jì en Jeunn: the pilgrimage to Sabiona. Every three years, hundreds of men from Val Badia set out to the sacred mountain: Sabiona, just above Chiusa, a pilgrimage which has been repeating itself for centuries. While the first official mention of the event was found in a written document 503 years ago, it is certain that the procession is a lot older. Mount Sabiona is home to a famous and beautiful monastery, also called Tirol’s Acropolis for noteworthy historical, archaeological, and artistic reasons. The monastery has been Valle Isarco-s symbol for centuries and has been a Benedictine monastery for more than 300 years even though its history goes way back. Back in the Stone Age, the area had already been settled and, on the place where today rises the monastery, stood a Late Romanic settlement; archaeological finds unearthed during the digs prove that the Christian faith had spread across the entirety of South Tyrol. The cliff is home to four chapels: the Chiesa delle Vergini, the Cappella delle Grazie, the Torre di San Cassiano and the Chiesa Santa Croce – the latter had been the Episcopal See for over four hundred years before being moved to Bressanone. The small Cappella delle Grazie was the former location of the oldest church on the Sabiona, whose vestry featured a baptismal fount carved in live rock from the second half of the 4th century from a Late Romanic settlement. The Pre-Romanic and Romanic chapel now only feature a circular apse with a triumphal arch and part of the perimeter wall to the south. The Benedictine nuns who still live to this very day in seclusion give the monastery on the mountain and Sabiona a strong spiritual aura. Therefore, dear pilgrim, head to Sabiona, where your heart will be lighter and your spirit will soar.