Nonnberg Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg founded ca. 714 by Saint Rupert of Salzburg. It is the oldest women's religious house in the German-speaking world. Its first abbess was Saint Erentrudis of Salzburg, who was either a niece or a sister of Saint Rupert.

The abbey was independent of the founding house from 987 and was re-built in about 1000. This building was largely destroyed in a fire of 1423. Reconstruction took place between 1464 and 1509.

The nunnery′s church Maria Himmelfahrt is Salzburg′s oldest church dedicated to the holy Virgin Mary and is one of the most significant churches of the city. It was built in late-gothic style with three naves from 1464 to 1506. In 1624 the church was enlarged by the addition of three side chapels. A refurbishment in the Baroque style took place in the 1880s. The church contains a Romanesque crypt that visitors should note, with the tomb of St. Erentrudis. The entrances to the crypt are in the side-naves.

Through Maria Augusta Kutschera, later Maria Augusta von Trapp, who was a postulant in the abbey after World War I and whose life was the basis for the film The Sound of Music, the abbey has acquired international fame. The Mother Abbess during Maria's time at Nonnberg was Sister Virgilia Lütz (1869-1949).

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Founded: ca. 714 AD
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Stijn Fabriek (3 months ago)
It's a beautifull monestry. The walk up is nice. And the chrurch is very quiet and peacefull.
James Teague (3 months ago)
Beautiful views, plenty to do and see!
Eugene Eremchenko (5 months ago)
Thought-provoking place, one of the best I visited in Salzburg. Full of peace, love, faith. Very interesting graveyard. Time is like disappeared here, only space still exists; strangely, this sacred place situated just within quite modern city. Very interesting experience indeed.
Debanjon Dhar (8 months ago)
This monastery is a historical master piece. Built before 1000 AD, it retains the old world charm. It is also famous for being one of the prominent location of the shooting for Sound Of Music.
Juan Morales (9 months ago)
This is a beautifully maintained cemetery with graves dating back several centuries. Very interesting just walking through and reading the inscriptions. Certainly worth a visit.
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