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Mariastein Abbey

The Abbey Mariastein is located in Metzerlen-Mariastein in the Canton of Solothurn. It’s a half an hour’s drive from Basel.

It’s the ideal location to escape the city for a walk around the abbey or go down to the Chapel of Grace to rest a bit and find some peace.

Link to the official site of the abbey.

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The Basilica of Mariastein

If you are impressed with the outside, just wait until you see how it looks inside.
It’s beauty is hard to capture in words, have a look:

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Inside the basilica

It is said that a young boy fell over the cliffs into the valley and only survived thanks to the miraculous intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. (

All those who went through difficult times and want to thank the Blessed Virgin Mary, show their gratitude in a rather special way – visible to every visitor.

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Tables of gratitude
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There are many from all around the world
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…and more, this is below the stairs looking back.

On the way to the Chapel of Grace, we have to walk down the hallway…

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The hallway to the chapel, in the distance we see more tables…

It is hard to explain how you feel walking down to the chapel with all these tables…

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Older tables made out of marble.

We are almost there, only the stairway left and we can enter the Chapel of Grace.

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Stairway to the Chapel of Grace

On the right side we can see the entrance to the Chapel of Grace.

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A few steps from the entrance to the Chapel of Grace.

Images from the inside of the Chapel of Grace – yes, they change the garment.

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Virgin Mary in a pink garment with golden details.
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Virgin Mary in a purple garment with golden details.
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Virgin Mary in a white garment with golden details.

To the left side of the Virgin Mary there is this masterpiece:

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Sculpture in the Chapel of Grace

Last but not least before we leave the Chapel of Grace the mosaic windows from inside the chapel.

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One of two church windows inside the Chapel of Grace
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The second church window inside the Chapel of Grace

Now let me take you outside again for a little walk around the abbey:

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View from north at the basilica in Mariastein.
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The St. Anna Chapel
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View from at the basilica from a distance.
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Panoramic view at the abbey.
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The landscape is beautiful in Mariastein



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