The Neukloster

The Neukloster in Wiener Neustadt was founded by Emperor Friedrich III. founded in 1444. It has belonged to the Heiligenkreuz Abbey since 1882 and is a priory with seven monks and at the same time a thriving parish. The theater also belongs to the Neukloster, where a variety of performances are regularly offered. The theater is lovingly used by the Scherz family. The abbey's cabinet of art and curiosities, which is well worth seeing, shows art and sacred objects that reflect the world on a small scale. In the 18th century, not only the royal courts began to collect art objects, but also the monasteries, including those responsible at Neukloster Abbey. In addition to magnificent Kunstkammer objects, the collection also includes unique mementos of historical events. It comprises around 4,700 individual pieces, including 1,000 Kunstkammer objects, 200 paintings and 3,500 stones and shells. Most of the holdings were acquired during the monastery's heyday between 1740 and 1801. The Kunst- und Wunderkammer is not only an important document of baroque collecting in the 18th century, but also of the monastery's history. Some objects from the collection were published in the database catalog of the Lower Austrian museum management as part of the "Treasures in the shop window" project.

The refectory and the magnificent baroque library show a unique art historical ensemble. Both rooms were thoroughly restored before the 2019 State Exhibition and made accessible to visitors. Since both the refectory and the library were not open to the public until then, the baroque frescoes by Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl were preserved almost undamaged. The tomb of Empress Eleonore of Portugal, the mother of Maximilian I, can also be seen in Neukloster Abbey. The tomb is attributed to the workshop of Gerhaert van Leyden and impresses with its liveliness

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