Stift Geras : Michelin's recommendations
The Premonstratensian Abbey of Geras is set away from the main tourist routes, but near a pleasant 140-ha nature reserve, where delightful forest paths enable visitors to enjoy a well-preserved countryside and numerous wild animals in their enclosures. The abbey was founded in the 12C, but was badly damaged in the Thirty Years War, so dates for the most part from the 17C. However, the abbey church, to which Gothic vaulting and High-Baroque decoration were added, has retained its original Romanesque character. Its tower and main door statues of St Norbert and St Augustin, the Premonstratensian Order's two great figures, date from 1655. Pilgrims venerate the high-altar Miraculous Virgin, with frescoes depicting her life by a pupil of Paul Troger. A fine staircase leads to the Marmorsaal, a summer refectory, with refined decoration, designed as a concert hall. Note a fireplace adorned with stuccowork and topped by a painting of the Wedding Feast at Cana by Paul Troger. This renowned colourist also painted a masterly ceiling fresco* depicting Christ's miracle of the loaves and fishes. The bishop's apartments, adorned with fine china stoves, display precious items from the abbey treasure house. Since 1970, the monastery's east wing houses one of the greatest Art education centres in Europe, which offers about 150 courses in a wide range of artistic activities each year.
- Address : Hauptstr. 1 A - 2093 Geras2093Geras
- Phone : 02912345289
- Website : http://www.stiftgeras.at
- Prices : 9 € (children 3 €)
Opening hours :
- May-Oct: 10am-5pm; rest of year: daily except Sun 10am-3pm - closed Mon