Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair (1983)

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The Convent of Müstair, which stands in a valley in the Grisons, is a good example of Christian monastic renovation during the Carolingian period. It has Switzerland's greatest series of figurative murals, painted c. A.D. 800, along with Romanesque frescoes and stuccoes. 

Switzerland 2003. World Cultural Heritage. Mustair Monastery.

Charlemagne founded the Benedictine Monastery of St. John in Müstair, Canton Grisons, in the 8th century, and in the 12th century it was converted into a convent.  

Around 1490, the Abbess Angelina Planta had the Carolingian convent church modified in late Gothic style.  The convent survived centuries of war and pillage.  

In about 1900. Swiss art historians discovered Carolingian murals above the Late Gothic arches of the convent church.  

It was not until 1960 that this unique cycle of murals from around 800 AD. was also uncovered in the nave.  It depicts scenes from the life and work of Christ. 

Source: Focus on Stamps, Swiss Post Philatelic Magazine, No. 3/2003.

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