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.
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:
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. (basel.com)
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.
On the way to the Chapel of Grace, we have to walk down the hallway…
It is hard to explain how you feel walking down to the chapel with all these tables…
We are almost there, only the stairway left and we can enter the Chapel of Grace.
On the right side we can see the entrance to the Chapel of Grace.
Images from the inside of the Chapel of Grace – yes, they change the garment.
To the left side of the Virgin Mary there is this masterpiece:
Last but not least before we leave the Chapel of Grace the mosaic windows from inside the chapel.
Now let me take you outside again for a little walk around the abbey:
The Basilica of Mariastein
Inside the basilica
Tables of gratitude
There are many from all around the world
…and more, this is below the stairs looking back.
The hallway to the chapel, in the distance we see more tables…
Older tables made out of marble.
Stairway to the Chapel of Grace
A few steps from the entrance to the Chapel of Grace.
Virgin Mary in a pink garment with golden details.
Virgin Mary in a purple garment with golden details.
Virgin Mary in a white garment with golden details.
Sculpture in the Chapel of Grace
One of two church windows inside the Chapel of Grace
The second church window inside the Chapel of Grace
View from north at the basilica in Mariastein.
The St. Anna Chapel
View from at the basilica from a distance.
Panoramic view at the abbey.
The landscape is beautiful in Mariastein
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