Geras Abbey is a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1153 as a daughter house of Seelau Abbey by Ekbert and Ulrich of Pernegg. It was and settled by canons from Seelau. Geras Abbey was able to survive the reforms of the Emperor Joseph II and the consequent monastery closures of 1783, and remains in operation to this day.

The abbey church is a Romanesque basilica which was reworked in the Baroque style in the 18th century by the architect Josef Munggenast and the fresco painter Paul Troger. Today the abbey is often used as a venue for classical music recitals.

References:

Comments

Your name



Address

Hauptstraße 1, Geras, Austria
See all sites in Geras

Details

Founded: 1153
Category: Religious sites in Austria

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

gerald oppeck (2 years ago)
Sehenswertes Stift, außergewöhnliche Patres, meine Hochachtung
Werner Röder (3 years ago)
Sehenswerte Stiftsanlage; wir hatten eine sehr gut gemachte Führung
Harald Mitterhofer (3 years ago)
Kulturhistorisch absolut einen Besuch wert. Tolle und bedeutende Klosteranlage mit unschätzbarem EInfluss auf die Kultur des Umlandes. Mir persönlich fällt es schwer, dabei die in ferner und naher Vergangenheit begangenen Verbrechen, die untrennbar mit so einer Institution verbunden sind, zu vergessen.
Christian Ender (3 years ago)
Schöner Platz mit absolut sehenswerter Stiftskirche. Beim Abfischen der Karpfenteiche gewinnt man interessante Einblicke in die Teichwirtschaft.
Elisabeth Dietrich (3 years ago)
Es war sehr schön und interessant. die Führung des Stiftes war sehr gut gestaltet und sehr gut erklärt die Kirche ist sehenswert und sehr prunkvoll, ich kann jeden empfehlen eine Führung zu machen.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Heraclea Lyncestis

Heraclea Lyncestis was an ancient Greek city in Macedon, ruled later by the Romans. It was founded by Philip II of Macedon in the middle of the 4th century BC. The city was named in honor of the mythological hero Heracles. The name Lynkestis originates from the name of the ancient kingdom, conquered by Philip, where the city was built.

Heraclea was a strategically important town during the Hellenistic period, as it was at the edge of Macedon"s border with Epirus to the west and Paeonia to the north, until the middle of the 2nd century BC, when the Romans conquered Macedon and destroyed its political power. The main Roman road in the area, Via Egnatia went through Heraclea, and Heraclea was an important stop. The prosperity of the city was maintained mainly due to this road.

The Roman emperor Hadrian built a theatre in the center of the town, on a hill, when many buildings in the Roman province of Macedonia were being restored. It began being used during the reign of Antoninus Pius. Inside the theatre there were three animal cages and in the western part a tunnel. The theatre went out of use during the late 4th century AD, when gladiator fights in the Roman Empire were banned, due to the spread of Christianity, the formulation of the Eastern Roman Empire, and the abandonment of, what was then perceived as, pagan rituals and entertainment.

Late Antiquity and Byzantine periods

In the early Byzantine period (4th to 6th centuries AD) Heraclea was an important episcopal centre. A small and a great basilica, the bishop"s residence, and a funerary basilica and the necropolis are some of the remains of this period. Three naves in the Great Basilica are covered with mosaics of very rich floral and figurative iconography; these well preserved mosaics are often regarded as fine examples of the early Christian art period.

The city was sacked by Ostrogoth/Visigoth forces, commanded by Theodoric the Great in 472 AD and again in 479 AD. It was restored in the late 5th and early 6th century. When an earthquake struck in 518 AD, the inhabitants of Heraclea gradually abandoned the city. Subsequently, at the eve of the 7th century, the Dragovites, a Slavic tribe pushed down from the north by the Avars, settled in the area. The last coin issue dates from ca. 585, which suggests that the city was finally captured by the Slavs. As result, in place of the deserted city theatre several huts were built.

The Episcopacy Residence was excavated between 1970 and 1975. The western part was discovered first and the southern side is near the town wall. The luxury rooms are located in the eastern part. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th rooms all have mosaic floors. Between the 3rd and 4th rooms there is a hole that led to the eastern entrance of the residence. The hole was purposefully created between the 4th and 6th century.