Altenburg Abbey lies amidst the rolling hills of the Waldviertel (Forest Quarter), the northwestern region of the Austrian state Lower Austria.
After being destroyed by the Swedes, it was rebuilt by the Benedictines. In the 18th Century the architect Munggenast undertook a transformation to Baroque, retaining most of the Gothic elements. The most significant frescoes are from Paul Troger.
One says that Altenburg Abbey houses one of most beautiful libraries in Austria, with 10.000 volumes.
The main cupola shows the visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon in Jerusalem. Underneath the library is the crypt, a meditation room about life and death with some grotesque images, probably the most original cloistral room in the Christian cultural area.
The foundation was built on the ruins of a medieval foundation, the already 1144 was founded by above Rebgau of countess Hildburg. The old cloister is got very well. Foundation Altenburg is famous also for his choirboys and the garden of the religions which tries to represent the different ways to God.
Altenburg Abbey was built on the ruins of a medieval monastery that was founded in 1144 by Countess Hildeburg of Boigen-Rebgau. The old cloister is very well preserved. Altenburg Abbey is also famous for its Boys’ Choir and the garden of religions, representing the different paths to God.
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