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  • St. Paul monastery - the treasure house of carinthia

    St. Paul monastery soars on a cone of rock nestling in the landscape of the lower Lavant Valley. The site where there once stood a Roman fort and later the castle of the Spanheim dynasty was resettled in 1091 by the Benedictine monks from the famous Hirsau Monastery.

    Nestled in the fertile landscape of the lower Lavant Valley, St. Paul’s Abbey rises on a cone of rock. Its changing history has seen times when it flourished and times of decline. Today one of the most extensive private art collections in Austria is the reason for the Abbey’s title of the “treasure house of Carinthia”.

    Since the Europe Exhibition in 2009 the Abbey has shone with a new radiance. A tour of the exhibition area starting with the library takes you through different epochs of antiquity and early monasticism up to the flowering of the Baroque period. The unique exhibits bring history to life! As well as the museum, the crystal dome, the gardens and the Romanesque basilica can also be visited.

    Museum
    A tour of the exhibition area starting with the library – which ranks as the most significant in the country alongside the National Library in Vienne – takes you through different epochs of antiquity and early monasticism up to the flowering of the Baroque period. The unique exhibits bring history to life!

    Crystal dome
    The great historical cellars of the abbey building are impressive due to their old stonework and the wide vault. In the crystal dome this fascinating atmosphere is additionally reinforced by multimedia productions which take visitors off into the world of fantasy and astonishment.

    Gardens (Baroque garden and herb garden)
    The gardens invite visitors to linger and relax. As well as refreshments, the Café Belvedere offers the loveliest view of the whole of the abbey premises.
    The Baroque garden illustrates the monks’ horticultural arts, while the herb garden, or “Hildegardium”, presents their knowledge of the cultivation and use of herbs for people’s well-being.

    Romanesque basilica
    No one should leave St. Paul’s without visiting the impressive medieval basilica dating from the 12th century. The splendour of the architecture with the artful shapes of its capitals, the impressive fresco embellishments and the dignified furnishings create a worthy setting for the house of God.

    Opening hours:
    1st of may till 30th of october 2011
    Tuesday till Sunday: 9°° - 17°°
    Monday: closed
    guides for groups at any time by appointment

    Contact

    St. Paul’s Abbey
    Hauptstraße 1
    9470 St. Paul im Lavanttal
    Tel. +43(0)4357/2019-0
    ausstellung@stift-stpaul.at

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