The word crypt means hidden room, tomb, a half subterranean room, where relics are stored and benefactors of churches and monasteries are buried.
The Crypt of Marienberg was consecrated in the year 1160 by Adalgott, Bishop of Chur, and was part of the original monastery. The monks assembled there for their canonical hours and the celebration of the holy mass.
In 1643 the crypt was restructured and used as the burial place for the monks. In 1980 the tombs were removed and the century long hidden frescoes came to light in their full brightness. They are one of the most important testimonies of Romanesque art in the Alps. Not only do the frescoes impress by the quality of the art, but also by the uniqueness of their spiritual expression.
In order to protect the frescoes, the crypt is only accessible during the summer months:
May > 3 pm guided tour (only in German)
June – October > 5.30 pm for the vespers, the evening prayer always Monday – Saturday, except on church festivals (no registration)