Maximilian I of Habsburg

The Museum of the Monastery of Müstair dedicates an exhibition to the emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519). The central theme is his stay in the region in 1496 and his beloved hunting of wild animals. The monastic life of the time is also part of the show. Maximilian took over the regency in Tyrol in 1490 and became Lord of Vinschgau and the monastery of St. Johann in Müstair. In this function, he was the patron of the monastery and represented it to the outside world. He strongly influenced the administration and justice system in the Val Müstair. The region was of great economic and military importance because of the passes to Italy. Maximilian, who was an enthusiastic hunter and climber, also appreciated the mountain scenery and the abundance of wildlife. (Further information: www.muestair.ch/maximilian)