Abbeys, Monasteries & Churches

A host of art monuments from the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods have been preserved over the centuries. The many abbeys and churches, basilicas and charterhouses remain remarkable witnesses to a rich history of sacred art.

There are also magnificent examples of Austrian baroque. The Wachau region and environs has a number of witnesses to the past.


Panorama Dürnstein

Abbey Church of Dürnstein

The history of Dürnstein Abbey starts in 1372 when Elsbeth of Kuenring had a chapel built in her castle. It was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In 1410 she invited...


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basilika-maria-taferl

Basilica Maria Taferl

The town of Maria Taferl is on the north bank of the Danube. The pilgrimage church of the same name is a holy shrine in Lower Austria dedicated to the Dolorous Mother of God.This...


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Kartause Aggsbach außen

Carthusian Museum

The charterhouse of Aggsbach is a former Carthusian monastery. It was founded in 1380 by Heidenreich von Maissau. In 1782, it was dissolved it by Emperor Joseph II and converted...


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Stift Goettweig mit Weingärten

Göttweig Abbey

Göttweig Abbey is a baroque Benedictine monastery and often referred to as Austria's Monte Cassino because of its fantastic location.
Austria's Monte Cassino watches over the...


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Innenansicht Maria Laach

Maria Laach Parish Church

Maria Laach is a pilgrimage church and an example of medieval architecture in Austria.
The Maria Laach Parish Church is on the south slope of Jauerling at an elevation of 644 m...


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Stift Melk mit Kornfeld

Melk Abbey

Eventful history and vibrant present: Since its foundation in 1089, the baroque Abbey Melk has been inhabited and managed by Benedictine monks. Today it is known worldwide as a...


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