Points of interest
The baroque monastery buildings include a wonderful Basilica that is a testimony to the craftsmanship of the monks from this region of Styria, as also the festive halls – the Hall of State, the Stone Hall and the summer refectory with its fresco paintings by the monastery painter Joseph Amonte. The library is a remarkable baroque jewel with a collection of over 100,000 objects, including 390 manuscripts and 150 incunabula. The monastery cloister area is located today in the renaissance courtyard dating from 1629-32.
The Cellarium dates from the Gothic period; it has a wonderful atmosphere ideally suited to the presentation of modern art and also for the annual Advent Crib Exhibition held in December. The Oratory of the Holy Cross dating from 1406-09, is one of the finest examples of the “soft” or international Gothic style in Styria. The tomb of Ernest Duke of Austria, the “Iron Duke” also dates from this period +1424.
We now have full knowledge about the original 12th century monastery from archaeology and architectural research, including the fountain house and the medieval cloister that disappeared in the course of alterations during the 17th century.
The tomb of the monastery founder and first ruler of Styria, Margrave Leopold I., “the Strong” +1129, was the result of the renovation of the Maria Oratory. The Rein Gothic Madonna directs the attention of the observer to Jesus in this Oratory.