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Distance

4.21 mi

Elevation gain

223 ft

Technical difficulty

Easy

Elevation loss

223 ft

Max elevation

1,978 ft

Trailrank

71 5

Min elevation

1,727 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

one hour 23 minutes

Time

one hour 41 minutes

Coordinates

1139

Uploaded

February 18, 2018

Recorded

February 2018
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1,978 ft
1,727 ft
4.21 mi

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near Mariastein, Kanton Solothurn (Switzerland)

Starting from the Mariastein monastery and walking around in a snow wonderland.
Mariastein, after Einsiedeln, is the second most important place of pilgrimage in Switzerland.
Mariastein originated as a place of pilgrimage in the late 14th century, with the legend of a miracle of the Blessed Virgin Mary; a stone chapel was first definitely mentioned in 1434. The Augustinian hermits of Basle had charge of the site.

In 1648 Mariastein Abbey was established here with the relocation of the remnants of the failing community at Beinwil, and the foundation of the Benedictine abbey to house them. The abbey was extremely successful both as a revived Benedictine community and as promoters and custodians of the pilgrimage site, which assumed at that period its present importance.

The abbey was secularised twice, in 1792, because of the French Revolution, and in 1874, as a result of a conflict between the state and the Roman Catholic Church known as Kulturkampf, after which the monks were obliged to seek refuge first in France, at Delle, and then, when in 1902 they were expelled as a result of legal changes in France, for a short time at Dürrnberg near Hallein in Austria, and finally in Bregenz, also in Austria. When the monastery at Bregenz was closed down by the Gestapo, the monks returned to Mariastein, where they were granted asylum in 1941. In 1971 the abbey was officially re-established.

The abbey has been a member of the Swiss Congregation, now a part of the Benedictine Confederation, since 1647.


More about the monatery:

https://www.basel.com/en/Media/Attractions/Sightseeing/Mariastein-Monastery
http://www.kloster-mariastein.ch/en/
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Field and village of Metzerlen

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Village of Mariastein with church

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  • Photo of stalo

    stalo Jun 18, 2019

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    great area, landscape, I went slow running and it was fantastic

  • Photo of Ulrike Großgebauer

    Ulrike Großgebauer Dec 26, 2020

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    Schöner längerer Spaziergang

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