The Santa Croce Sanctuary:
the ambiance, artistic charm and a bit of history
The Santa Croce Sanctuary is a pilgrimage destination situated at 2,045 meters of altitude right in the middle of the Fanes – Senes – Braies Nature Park in South Tyrol. San Leonardo in Badia is the starting point, which takes you through an extraordinarily beautiful nature trail that leads directly to the foot of the Sasso Santa Croce. You may ask for a plenary indulgence once you have entered the Sanctuary. This location is part of the 13 stations of South Tyrol, which were proposed by the diocese of Bolzano/Bressanone to celebrate the jubilee.
The less athletic may reach the Santa Croce Sanctuary by taking the chairlift and admiring the vast natural panorama from above. During the summer months we recommend taking the trail by foot, starting from La Villa, San Cassiano or La Valle.
A bit of history
According to legend, the place that is today known as the Santa Croce Sanctuary was once inhabited by Volkhold of St. Lorenzen (San Lorenzo di Sebato). This count turned hermit had ordered the building of the present-day Church, which was then consecrated on 18 May 1484 by the Bishop of Bressanone. Later in 1650, the building was expanded and renovated and the statue of Jesus carrying the cross was housed inside.
Construction of the sacristan's sanctuary dates back to 1718. Today visitors also have the possibility to rest in the reception house and taste one of the best Kaiserschmarren the Alps have to offer (a type of crêpe garnished with jam and powdered sugar).