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Abbey, Seckau

Seckau Abbey, which was consecrated in honor of the Merciful virgin Mary, is a Benedictine monastery located in the town of Seckau, in Styria. This Holy monastery until 1782 was the residence of the Bishop of Seckau.

The original Augustinian monastery, the future of the Abbey of Seckau, located in Sankt Marein bei Knittelfeld. It was founded in 1140 by Adalram of Waldeck. Already in 1142, the Archbishop of Salzburg Konrad I ordered to transfer the resident to Sakassou hill. On 16 September 1164 Bishop Hartmann of Brixen, was consecrated the Romanesque Church, which was built in Seckau in 1143.

At the initiative of Pope Honorius III and Archbishop of Salzburg Eberhard II, in 1218 he founded the diocese of Seckau. Collegiate Church then became the Cathedral. That is why it is still known as the House-prices, there is a "Cathedral in the mountains".

Before 1491 the Abbey of Seckau lived nuns. In 1782 the monastery was abolished within the Church reforms of Emperor Joseph II. Items of Church life and the precious books were removed, and more than a third of the monastic buildings were destroyed or demolished. In 1883, in the abandoned monastic complex of the Benedictines settled, which saved it from final destruction. In 1940 the Abbey of Seckau was abolished by the Nazis, and the monks were expelled from Styria. They have returned to the Abbey after the war. In the early 80-ies of the last century all the buildings of the Abbey were renovated. The monastery remains valid. When it opened a school for children.

In 2008 was released the silver coin in denomination of 10 euros, which depicts the Abbey of Seckau.