St. Lambrecht's Abbey

Sankt Lambrecht, Austria

St. Lambrecht's Abbey was founded in 1076 by Count Markward of Eppenstein; it was dissolved from 1786 to 1805. In 1938, the building was seized by the National Socialists. From 1942 to 1945, it was used as an external storage facility of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. The monks returned in 1946.

Locally the two churches within the monastic grounds are called the Grosskirche ('big church') and the Kleinkirche ('little church'). During restoration work of the Grosskirche in the early 1970s extraordinary frescoes dating from the latter half of the 15th century were discovered on the north wall. These show the throne of Solomon.

On the lowest level is depicted the Old Testament Judgment of Solomon, above this the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus, and above all else Jesus Christ: 'the Word of God made Flesh'. Other frescoes dating from the 14th century depict Saint Christopher and Saint Agnes. Formerly in the monastery there was also a votive altarpiece from which the Master of the Saint Lambrecht Votive Altarpiece received his name; this is now in the Alte Galerie in Graz.



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Founded: 1076
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Gregor Rebolj (12 months ago)
Great and majestic piece od history. Worth od visit.
Martin Krottmayer (2 years ago)
Nice garden and great location. Impressive to visit for all seasons!
Money Car (2 years ago)
It's ok not so bad
Christian Jarhult (2 years ago)
The monastery is a genuine set of old, beautiful buildings and the surroundings are magnificent. St Lambrecht is a very charming and picturesque village. However, the hosting within the domains of the monastery is just barely pleasant. Some bed linen were missing in our room, the toilet was clearly not cleaned after the last visitor, and the modern bathroom was clearly not thought through very well since the sensor guided lighting shut off frequently if you were in the "wrong" position (eg in the shower). Didn't use the in-house restaurant, so can't review that part.
Suvendu Das (2 years ago)
The collegiate church is the "main church" of the Benedictine monastery of St. Lambrecht. In it the monks and the faithful pray and celebrate the parish of St. Lambrecht. Services and festive services of the place are celebrated here in a deep devotion and special atmosphere. Originally, the Karner was in the cemetery next to the collegiate church, the parish church, later then the Peterskirche, which is located opposite, on the bastion of the Stiftshof. In its present form, the collegiate church has three predecessors. Already in the 11th century it was the "Church of St. Lambert im Walde", in the immediate vicinity of before 1076, the monastery was built. Later, the church was replaced by a Romanesque building, which was consecrated in 1160. This church was almost the size of today's collegiate church. After the fire of the Romanesque church in the year 1262 and the collapse of some restored components, they started to build a new church on the existing stone walls. The consecration of the now Gothic church took place in 1421. With its orientation to the east, the church space is the path of the believer: "Christ, the Risen Lord" - this symbolizes the sun rising in the East. Two rows of pillars divide the church into three equally tall ships, creating a hall church with twelve yokes, which is 20 meters wide and 16 meters high inside. The church has a total length of 78 meters.
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