Local History

Mistail, St. Peter. Photo/Foto: TES.

Monastery of St. Peter in Mistail

The church and former monastery of St. Peter in Mistail (canton of Grisons) is located on a rock formation above the Albula Gorge between the Upper and Lower Schynweg (obere und untere Schynweg).

The name is derived from monasterium (like Müstair in Unterengadin and Mustèr (Disentis) in Surselva and the Upper Rhine valley).

The monastery flourished around 800 in the Carolingian Empire in the communes of Alvaschein (Alfosen) and Tiefencastel (Wapitines or Impidines).

After the decline of the Carolingian Empire, the monastery lost its significance, however, The monastery was dissolved by the Bishop of Chur in 1154.

Mistail became a pilgrimage destination in 1739. That is the reason why the frescoes and the church have been preserved.