Welcome to Sacra di San Michele
This monument is a symbol of Piedmont Region and a place that inspired the writer Umberto Eco to conceive the best-seller “Il nome della rosa” ( The name of the rose ) , the Sacra of San Michele is an ancient abbey built between 983 and 987 on the top of mount Pirchiriano, 40 km from Turin. From it’s towers you can admire Turin and a breathtaking view of the Val di Susa. Inside the main Church of the Sacra, dating from the twelfth century, are buried members of House of Savoy (one of the oldest royal family in the world).
Dedicated to the cult of the Archangel Michele, defender of the Christian people, the Sacra di San Michele fits inside a ruote of pilgrimage (long over 2000 km) wich runs from Saint-Michel ( France ) to Monte Sant’Angelo (Puglia).
The history, the spiritual value and the landscape that sorrounds it trasform the Sacra in a special destination for visitors from all over Europe: pilgrims, faithfuls, tourists but also athletes who want to test themselves with climbing paths or mountain-bike.
The different historical, architecture and painting sites are accessible to people with disabilities.
Things to do & see.
Sacra di San Michele is made of history, art and culture. They appear to visitors of all ages with great impact and immediacy.
First of all we enjoy the path in the green and, going up, the landscape and the imposing facade.
Once you reach the entrance of the Abbey, the Sacra is ready to unveil some of his most evocative elements: the statue of San Michele the Archangel, created by sculptor Paul dë Doss-Moroder ( from Alto Adige ) , the Stairway of the Dead with the Zodiac Portal and the legendary Tower of Bell’Alda.
During special visits in the first Saturday of every month you can also enjoy the daily life museum, the library has about 10.000 books, the ancient Halls of the House of Savoy and, again, tombs, arches, portals and paintings to discover alone or with an official guide at your disposal.