|Imperial Abbey of Our Dear Lady, Seckau|
|Reichsabtei Unserer Lieben Frau in Seckau|
|Imperial Abbey of the Holy Roman Empire|
Plan of the basilica
|Historical era||Middle Ages|
|-||Secularised to Styria||1782|
In 1883 the monastery was resettled by Benedictines from Beuron Archabbey, who had had to leave Germany because of the "culture struggle" ("Kulturkampf"). In 1940 the monks were evicted by the Gestapo and the buildings were confiscated. In 1945 the monks were able to return.
The abbey maintains a secondary school ("Gymnasium") and the duties of the pastoral care belonging to a parish.
The abbey church, a Romanesque basilica, was built between 1143 and 1164. For centuries it was the place of burial of the Inner Austria line of the Habsburgs. In 1930 it was declared a papal "basilica minor".
Seckau Abbey was recently selected as a main motif for a high value Austrian euro collectors' coin: the Seckau Abbey commemorative coin. The obverse shows a wide view of the Abbey of Seckau looking west. Located in the center is the great Romanesque basilica with its two mighty towers surrounded by the Baroque monastic buildings. The reverse shows a view from the main entrance of the church to the high altar, the mediaeval crucifixion group hanging on four massive chains can be depicted.
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