Thursday, July 24, 2014

Benedictine Abbey of Goettweig - A Gem in Austria

Goettweig Abbey by Herr Specht.

The Benedictine Abbey, situated on the Göttweig Mountain, is - because of its location - sometimes called the Austrian Montecassino


The Monastery founded in 1083 by Saint Altmann sits on a hill in the Dunkelsteiner Forest south oft the city of Krems, on the eastern edge of the world-famous Danube Valley called the Wachau. With the Wachau, Göttweig was in 2001 placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


At first, Augustines worked here, to be followed in 1094 by Benedictine monks from the Monastery of St. Blasien in the Black Forest. The Benedictines have been living, learning and teaching on Göttweig Mountain for more than 900 years. The goal of their life is to glorify God in prayer and work according to the Rule of their Order’s founder, Saint Benedict, the Patron Saint of Europe. Currently 54 monks belong to the monastic community. More than 30 of them give pastoral care to parishioners and pilgrims in the Dioceses of Vienna and St. Pölten. Forestry and viticulture have been the economic basis of the Monastery since it was founded - today completed by various touristic and economic efforts.

For more information, visit the official website Benediktiner Stift Goettweig



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