Abbazia di Novacella may well have the most significant spiritual archive in the Tyrol area. It provides an immediate insight into the long and turbulent history of the Abbey, and the many parishes and farms very closely linked to it.

The Stiftsarchiv administers comprehensive historical materials from the late eleventh century to the twentieth century – in particular, financial and administrative files – as well as a large collection of documents. These also include, for example, the privilegium [award of a privilege] from Pope Innocenct II from 1143, the privilegium from Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa, and the one from Bishop Hartmann, both of which date from 1157. In addition, a special mention should be made of the plentiful urbaria [rent rolls], placita [decrees], and accounting books that illustrate the principles of the feudal system.

Guides to the contents and literature

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Upon prior registration in writing or by phone, the Archive may be used for scholarly purposes.


Tel. +39 0472 836 189