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Abby Marienberg Story

The Marienberg Benedictine abbey was founded by the noble von Tarasp family in the 12th century.
At the end the 16th century the abbey was close to dissolution, which was however prevented for political and religious reasons by the Pope and the Tyrolean ruling order. An upswing occurred at the beginning of the 17th century under Abbot Matthias Lang from Weingarten in Germany: the abbey flourished and the number of monks increased significantly. In 1724 the abbey founded a humanistic high school in Meran: but, in 1807, it was dissolved by the Bavarian government, the monks banished and the valuable holdings of the monastery, church, archives and library all pillaged. The Meran school was for a time also forced to close its doors. But in 1816 the abbey was re-established and the high school in Meran re-opened, becoming a first-rate educational establishment in the course of the 19th century.
Under political pressure, it was obliged to close once more in 1928. From 1946 to 1986 Marienberg was home to a private high school, with five school years. The abbey was for centuries the spiritual centre of the Upper Vinschgau Valley, helping generations of students to obtain an education: it still holds a prominent place in the consciousness of the local population and was for many a religious, cultural and indeed an economic point of reference.

Many former students of the abbey still keep in touch, for example via the Friends of Marienberg, which fosters friendship among members, supports the abbey’s interests in public and takes initiatives that are of benefit to it. Membership is open to all those with a special relationship to the abbey.

More information on the activities of the Friends of Marienberg and of the Benedictine abbey can be found on their website.

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