Stift Klosterneuburg

Klosterneuburg is a little town just outside of Vienna. It has a big Catholic monastery that I got to visit today. It was founded in the twelfth century by St. Leopold, whose wife Agnes, way more impressively, had 22 children – 11 from her first marriage to a duke that died and 11 from her second to Leopold. She was also the sister of the Roman Emperor Henry V.

So anyway, yeah. 22 children.

I’ll give you a second to imagine that.

22.

Ready? Ok, lets move on. 

Legend says one day the wind blew away Agnes’ veil away and they couldn’t find it until years later Leopold was hunting and he found the veil and then saw the Virgin Mary and she told him to build a church there. Much later the monastery was renovated in the Baroque fashion and was intended to be the most impressive religious building in Austria. If you are like me and think of a simple, secluded and small place whenever you hear the word monastery, well, this is nothing like that.

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