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Stift Wilten

The Stift Wilten is a church in Innsbruck and central worship center for 21 parishes. The Wilten is home to 30 monks and 11 canons. Additionally, the world famous Wiltener Sangerknaben, a boys choir, calls the Stift Wilten their home.

The monastery dates back to the 12th century founded by a bishop. In the 17th century, the church was renovated to the baroque style after a fire burned down the Romanesque building and collapse of a tower during the Gothic phase of the monastery. From the 17th to 18th centuries, the monastery experienced its golden age. During World War II, the church faced a toll from bombings, looting and artillery. After World War II, the Stift Wilten was rebuilt. Recent renovations occurred from 1982 to 1988 and 2005 to 2008.

The area around Stift Wilten dates back to the ancient Romans. In tribal history, the church's location surrounds the legend of the giant Haymon who fought and killed the local giant Tyrsus. Thus, Haymon built a monastery after converting to Christianity and becoming a monk near the battle site in the late ninth century CE.

Near the entrance of the abbey, tourists can see a statue of Haymon holding a dragon's tongue in the left hand. The tongue is a reference to the defeat of the dragon sent by the devil. On the grounds, visitors can see a circular fountain.

The church hosts a museum, which is free of charge, of historic artifacts to visiting tourists. Comprehensive guided tours are available to visitors by appointment only.

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Stift Wilten (Image 1 - Credit: Veit Mueller)
Stift Wilten (Image 2 - Credit: Ikiwaner)
Stift Wilten (Image 3 - Credit: Hafelekar)
Stift Wilten (Image 4 - Credit: Andrew Bossi)
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