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The Eisenerz Alps

The Eisenerz Alps

By car, 95 km, 2 days

Thanks to Erzberg, which formed an open cast iron mine, the Eisenerz Alps made the fortune of the old Austrian empire. From the Frauenberg pilgrimage church to Leoben you will discover a region rich in panoramas and interesting sites.

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Frauenberg Abbey  

Frauenberg 8904 Ardning
Religious buildings

This pilgrimage church was rebuilt by the abbots of Admont in an Italianate Baroque style, in the 17C. The interior has a remarkable unity of style, with the exuberant stuccowork matching the rich gilding that highlights the dark ebony altars and pulpit. The Calvary terrace offers a fine view of Admont and its elegant abbey church steeples, overlooked by the Haller Mauer, Reichenstein and Hochtor peaks.

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Admont Abbey   Worth a detour Worth a detour

8911 Admont
Religious buildings

The Benedictine Admont Abbey has been one of Christendom's great cultural centres since its foundation in the 11C. It remains so today, with a library that boasts some 1 400 manuscripts and 150 000 volumes. It is a splendid Rococo building, worthy of the treasures that it houses. After admiring the upper gallery, with its wrought-iron balustrade, note the ceiling frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte and the famous The Four Last Things, a series of sculptures by Josef Stammel.

From Admont abbey, where the library is a masterpiece, take advantage of the remarkable viewpoint over the Gesäuse gorges.
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St. Oswald   Interesting

Lindmuselstraße 8790 Eisenerz
Religious buildings

The largest fortified church in Styria, built from 1470 to 1518, is a major work of the Admont masons' guild. It was fortified by order of the Emperor in 1532, due to a direct threat of Turkish invasion, acquiring the encircling wall, towers and massive barbican still standing today. Inside, there are mining motifs on the organ loft and a wooden figurine in miner's dress from the period of Maximilian II.

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Stadtpfarrkirche St. Franz Xaver   Interesting

Kirchplatz 1 8700 Leoben
Religious buildings

The Church of St Francis Xavier testifies to the power of the Jesuit College founded in Leoben in 1613. This early-Baroque building from the 1660s, attributed to the architect Pietro Francesco Carlone, offers a pilastered and corniced façade, flanked by two towers. Inside, the simple pilasters enable the black and gold tones of the original furnishings (1670) to stand out and there are overabundant grotesques typical of Austrian Jesuit Baroque churches.

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Eiserner Brunnen   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Koloman-Wallisch-Platz 8600 Bruck an der Mur
Museums and art

The wrought-iron well made by local craftsman Hans Prasser in 1626 is considered to be the finest example of this art in Styria. The forged section, on a stone base, particularly the canopy with delightful Renaissance motifs, was produced in an outstandingly elegant fashion.

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Kornmess House   Interesting

Koloman-Wallisch-Platz 8600 Bruck an der Mur
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Despite remodelling and restoration, this fine building, erected by the rich eminent citizen Pankraz Kornmess at the end of the 15C, still cuts an impressive dash. The stylish façade overlooking the main square has a series of arches whose accolades are adorned with rosette motifs in Flamboyant Gothic style. The first floor loggia shows the influence of the Italian Renaissance.

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