Seckau Abbey was endowed in 1140 by Augustinian canons. An already existing community in Sankt Marein bei Knittelfeld was moved to Seckau in 1142. At the request of Archbishop Konrad I of Salzburg, Pope Innocent II instituted the founding of the congregation and the transfer to Seckau on 12 March 1143. The abbey church, a Romanesque basilica, was built from 1143 to 1164.

According to an old custom, the canons founded a double monastery. The women's chorus likely came to the abbey no later than 1150 from Salzburg, mentioned in a deed of the Noble Burchard of Mureck in 1150.

This establishment was dissolved in 1782. In 1883 the monastery was resettled by Benedictines from Beuron Archabbey, who had had to leave Germany because of the Kulturkampf. In 1940 the monks were evicted by the Gestapo and the buildings were confiscated. In 1945 the monks were able to return.

The abbey maintains a secondary school (Gymnasium) and carries out the duties of the pastoral care belonging to a parish.

The abbey church, a Romanesque basilica, was built between 1143 and 1164. For centuries it was the place of burial of the Inner Austrian line of the Habsburgs.

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Aditya Rana (14 months ago)
A calm and beautiful place. Not much to see inside but the surrounding areas are really good.
Stella A. Attakpah (16 months ago)
A must see place. Over 800 years old Abbey full of profound history.
Gianmarco Donolato (3 years ago)
Very nice building, it carries a lot of fascination at the sunset. The colours are magical, at that time. I was there for a concert, so I could not really visit the whole building. However, the place is very well maintained and the atmosphere is worth a visit
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