Traunkirchen Monastery

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South view of the monastery

The Traunkirchen Monastery is a former monastery of the Benedictines (OSB) and later the Jesuits in Traunkirchen in Upper Austria .


Donor picture in the monastery library

There was a Trunseo Abbey in Altmünster before the 9th century . It was destroyed in 950.

Around 1020, Count Wilhelm von Raschenberg-Reichenhall , who had mixed up with the family of the Margraves of Styria and those of the Eppensteiner , brought Benedictine women out of the Nonnberg Monastery and built the first women's monastery in what is now Upper Austria . They rebuilt the monastery in 1327 after it had been completely destroyed by fire.

The monastery had goods in Trofaiach in what was then Leobengau . In 1448 Abbess Barbara I sold her “Holden, Grunds, Güter und Lehen” with all rights and the Salvator Chapel in Trofaiach in Styria to King Friedrich III. (1440-1493).

The Benedictine nuns' care area extended to Aussee : Traunkirchen was the mother parish for the parishes of Aussee , Hallstatt and Goisern in 1332 ( Ischl only became a parish in 1554), and later also for Pinsdorf and Nussdorf .

During the Reformation at the beginning of the 1570s, there were no nuns in Traunkirchen and the monastery was administered by the Benedictines from Kremsmünster Abbey . In 1622, Emperor Ferdinand II handed over the monastery and the Salzkammergut parishes to the newly founded Jesuit College in Passau as a refectory by consensus with the Pope in 1621 or 1622

In 1632 the monastery and church were again destroyed by fire and received the current baroque furnishings after the reconstruction. A sea procession has been carried out on Corpus Christi day since 1632.

After the abolition of the Jesuit order, the monastery and forest property became the property of the state forests in 1773, and in 1778 the monastery church became a parish church .

Education center, event center and handicraft museum

The listed former monastery building is owned by the municipality of Traunkirchen, was last renovated at the end of the 1990s and, on April 10, 1999, houses a museum next to the former monastery hall, which is suitable for events and seminars.

The educational offer of the International Academy Traunkirchen includes lectures for the interested public as well as workshops for students and day seminars for students with talents in the natural sciences. In the summer months, the Traunkirchen Summer Academy runs courses for artists. Former monastery premises are used for the seminars.

Handicraft Museum

The handicraft museum of the gold bonnet, headscarf and hat groups of the Gmunden district. The Via Historica cultural route leads from the Traunkirchen square directly into the cloister courtyard and to the museum entrance.

International Academy Traunkirchen

The International Academy Traunkirchen, organized as an association, was founded in 2009 by its president, quantum physicist university professor Anton Zeilinger, together with the state of Upper Austria and other scientists. Vice President is Erich Peter Klement . The scientific advisory board includes Bernhard Andreae , Günter Blobel , Gerhard Casper , Albert Eschenmoser , Markus Hengstschläger , Elisabeth Lichtenberger , Christoph Markschies , Peter Palese , Josef Penninger , Johanna Rachinger , Roman Sandgruber , Peter Weibel and Robert Allan Weinberg .

Scientists from all over the world are invited to work on their projects as Resident Fellows. Interested and talented pupils from Upper Austria are particularly challenged and encouraged and their enthusiasm for science and research is sparked and strengthened. Internationally high-ranking experts and scientists are invited to public lectures.

Traunkirchen Summer Academy

The summer academy in Traunkirchen, organized as an association, was founded in 2008 as a creative magnet for those interested in art and offers two- and three-week seminars with renowned artists. Selected works that arise in the course of the seminars will be shown in a final exhibition.

The board of directors includes Peter Aschenbrenner, Peter Assmann , Wolfgang Gröller, Xenia Hausner , Reinhard Lehner, Margund Lössl, Jutta Skokan , Barbara Wally and Alfred Wolsetschläger.

The following artists have offered seminars so far:

See also


  • Karl Amon: History of the Traunkirchen Benedictine Monastery in the Salzkammergut. Theol. Diss., Graz 1949.
  • Karl Amon: The monastery coat of arms of Traunkirchen. In: Oberösterreichische Heimatblätter 35, Linz 1981, pp. 240–244, online (PDF) in the forum
  • Karl Amon: Traunkirchen as the burial place of its "donors" and "benefactors". Archaeological and liturgical historical observations. In: Blätter für Heimatkunde 55. 1981, pp. 98–114.
  • Karl Amon: Count Leutold and Abbess Gertrud. Comments on the saints of the Traunkirchen monastery. In: Ecclesia peregrinans. Josef Lenzenweger on his 70th birthday, ed. by Karl Amon, Bruno Primetshofer et al., Vienna 1986, pp. 69-80.
  • Karl Amon: The Traunkirchen monastery and its parishes. A contribution to the church history of the Gmunden district. In: Franz Hufnagl (Ed.), Heinrich Marchetti (Red.): The district of Gmunden and its communities. From the beginning to the present. A representation of the natural area, history, economy and culture in articles and images. Gmunden 1991, pp. 489-522.
  • Karl Amon: Traunkirchen. In: The Benedictine monasteries and nuns in Austria and South Tyrol (= Germania Benedictina 3/3.) Edited by Ulrich Faust, Waltraud Krassnig, St. Ottilien 2002, pp. 703–737.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rudolf Weiss: The Diocese of Passau under Cardinal Joseph Dominikus von Lamberg. At the same time a contribution to the history of crypto-Protestantism in Upper Austria. St. Ottilien 1979, p. 290.
  2. ^ Website of the International Academy Traunkirchen
  3. Web presence of the Traunkirchen Summer Academy ( Memento of the original from May 14, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Handicraft Museum Traunkirchen

Coordinates: 47 ° 50 ′ 45 "  N , 13 ° 47 ′ 30"  E