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For over 900 years (founding year: 1112) Benedictines have been praying and working in the Seitenstetten monastery. It is popularly called: the " Vierkanter Gottes".


The monastery is located on the Voralpenbundesstraße (122) about halfway between Amstetten and Steyr, embedded in the hilly landscape of the Mostviertel. The monastery presents itself freshly renovated (1985 - 91) and impresses with its baroque art treasures, the unique gallery and the historic courtyard garden. We visited the monastery for the first time in summer 2016 and enjoyed excellent food at the country inn "Der Stiftsmeierhof". We were here again in the summer of 2023 and took part in a guided tour.

The monastery

  • Entrance to the monastery
  • Inner courtyard
  • Abbey staircase with iron grille by Adam Kühn
  • Coat of arms
  • Ceiling fresco by Bartolomeo AltemonteTriumph of St Benedict
  • Abbey staircase
  • Painting collection
  • John Nepomuk
  • Saint Florian
  • Painting collection
  • Promulgation Hall
  • Marble Hall
  • Ceiling fresco by Paul Troger
  • Compatibility of religious life with art and science
  • Marble Hall
  • Marble Hall
  • Cloister
  • CloisterGothic gate around 1350
  • Main nave
  • The high altar is dedicated to Mary
  • Altar of the Virgin Mary with Passau image of Mary Help of Christians
  • right side aisle
  • Benedict Altarwith relics of St. Benedicta
  • Vestry
  • Vestry
  • Library
  • Fresco by Paul Troger
  • Library
  • Romanesque apse of the knights' chapel
  • knights' chapel

The Court Garden (Hofgarten)

After the major reconstruction of the monastery in the 18th century, the garden of the Meierhof, the so-called Hofgarten, was also redesigned in the same style. A Baroque state garden was created. Between 1994 and 1996 it was revitalised and opened in new splendour.

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