Cistercian Monastery

Lower Austria

This abbey, founded in 1202, survived the Turkish invasions of 1683 but after a disastrous fire was largely rebuilt in 1810. It's an impressively vast place with a lot of gravitas. The Cistercian monks here still tend vineyards and also play host to a renowned summer music academy when music fills the ancient courtyards. See website for performance details.

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