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

St. Peter in Mistail

The monastery and the church of St. Peter in Mistail were built in Carolingian times (around 800) on a plateau near the village of Alvaschein in the canton of Graubünden.

The first mention of the church and monastery dates from 823 in a letter from the bishop of Chur to Louis the Pious (778-840), son and successor of Charlemagne (742-814).

The architectural style in Lombardy has probably been the model for the church and the three apsides. The diocese of Chur fell under the Archdiocese of Milan until 843, and there were close economic ties. Some fragments of frescoes from the Carolingian period survived without changes.

The Gothic frescoes from around 1400 are another interesting cultural-historical object. They are still in reasonable condition and are similar to frescoes in churches in Brixen, Bolzano, and Merano in South Tyrol. (Source: Gesellschaft für Schweizerische Kunstgeschichte, Bern, 1985).