North of Vienna is a place where the sky meets with the earth. For almost 900 years, the Stift Klosterneuburg Monastery has had a special relationship in the spiritual, sacred and cultural life of Austria. Its architecture dates back to the Baroque era and the rule of Emperor Charles The Sixth.
In the 12th century, church architecture was based upon Italian design. At that time, a castle was also built at this location for the sponsor of the monastery, Leopold The Third. In addition to its fine sacred architecture, the Stift Klosterneuburg enchants due to its worldly side that can be seen in the emperorís private rooms, which demonstrate the luxurious lifestyle of the Habsburgs, whose influence was at its zenith during the reign of Charles The Sixth.
The monasteryís most valuable possession and also one of the most impressive works of art of the Middle Ages is the Verduner Altar that was named after the artist, Nicholas Of Verdun, and was completed in 1181.
The large quantity of precious works of religious art and fascinating historic objects that date from the Habsburg Dynasty underline the feeling that the Stift Klosterneuburg is indeed a place where the sky meets with the earth!
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