Schlierbach Abbey

Schlierbach, Austria

Schlierbach Abbey is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1355, and rebuilt in the last quarter of the 17th century. The original foundation was a convent for nuns, abandoned around 1556 during the Protestant Reformation. The abbey was reoccupied as a monastery in 1620, and rebuilt in magnificent baroque style between 1672 and 1712. The monastery again went into decline with the upheavals before, during and after the Napoleonic era. It recovered only towards the end of the 19th century.

In the 20th century the abbey established a viable economy based on a glass works, school, cheese manufacturing and other enterprises. The abbey is open to visitors, who may take tours, attend workshops and dine at the monastery restaurant.

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Founded: 1355
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Gerhard Hofer Immobilienbewertung (14 months ago)
Das Stift ist wirklich ein beeindruckendes Gebäude. Wir sind den Rundweg „dem Käse auf der Spur“ gefolgt. Ein 10 km länger traumhafter Wanderweg. Teilweise hat der Weg eine gute Steigung, dafür werden die Mühen, oben angekommen, mit einem wunderschönem Blick belohnt.
Werner Röder (15 months ago)
Sehenswerte Kirche...barocker geht fast nicht mehr
Manfred Lorbert (15 months ago)
Sehr schöner Stift, die Kirche ist einzigartig. In einem eigenen Shop werden die Käsespezialitäten verkauft. Nette freundliche Bedienung und tolle Auswahl.
Norbert Savoy (16 months ago)
Interessantes und viel Neues gab es
Thomas Stenglein (2 years ago)
Wir waren auf dem Weg nach Admont das ebenfalls wegen seines Stifts bekannt ist. Da wir noch Zeit hatten schauten wir in die Kirche Stift Schlierbach und waren überwältigt. Beeindruckend was die Mönche mit ihren Baumeistern geleistet haben
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