Absam is situated at an elevation of 632 m in the hill country of the lower Inn valley. The first mention of Abazanes dates from AD 995. Absam is a popular pilgrimage site.
The parish and pilgrimage church Sankt Michael was built around 1420/1440 in Late Gothic style and was remodelled in Baroque and Rococo style around 1770/1780. The church contains a Late Gothic crucifix of 1492 and a fresco of Our Lady of 1470. Pilgrimages to this site began in 1797 when the image of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in the window of a farm house. The church received the status of a Basilica minor in 2000. Being a Marian shrine the church popularly is often refered to as Maria Absam, athough in fact it is dedicated to St. Michael.
(see also list of other basilicae minores depicted on glasses of this collection)
The famous violin maker Jakob STAINER (1617–1683) was born in Absam.