Nonnberg Abbey

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Nonnberg Abbey
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Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, Austria
Nonnberg Abbey is located in Austria
Nonnberg Abbey
Shown within Austria
Basic information
Location Salzburg, Austria
Geographic coordinates 47°47′46″N 13°03′06″E / 47.796111°N 13.051667°E / 47.796111; 13.051667Coordinates: 47°47′46″N 13°03′06″E / 47.796111°N 13.051667°E / 47.796111; 13.051667
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
State Salzburg
Year consecrated 714
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Active
Status Convent
Heritage designation UNESCO
Architectural description
Architectural type Monastery
Architectural style Romanesque, Gothic
Founder Saint Rupert of Salzburg

Nonnberg Abbey (German: Stift Nonnberg) is a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg, Austria.[1]


It was founded ca. 714 by Saint Rupert of Salzburg and is the oldest women's religious house in the German-speaking world. Its first abbess was Saint Erentrudis of Salzburg, who was either a niece or a sister of Saint Rupert.

The abbey's endowment was provided by Theodbert, Duke of Bavaria, and augmented by Emperor Henry II, who was also Duke of Bavaria.

The abbey was independent of the founding house from 987 and was re-built in about 1000. This building was largely destroyed in a fire of 1423. Reconstruction took place between 1464 and 1509. In 1624 the church was enlarged by the addition of three side chapels. A refurbishment in the Baroque style took place in the 1880s.

Through Maria Augusta Kutschera, later Maria Augusta von Trapp, who was a postulant in the abbey after World War I and whose life was the basis for the film The Sound of Music, the abbey has acquired international fame. The Mother Abbess during Maria's time at Nonnberg was Sister Virgilia Lütz (1869-1949).

Commemorative coin[edit]

The Abbey was recently selected as main motif for the Austrian Nonnberg Abbey commemorative coin minted on April 5, 2006. This was the first coin of the series "Great Abbeys of Austria". It shows the Benedictine convent of Nonnberg Abbey. On the hilltop in the background, the castle of Hohensalzburg and the Kajetaner church can be seen.



  1. ^ Smith, Christine; Cyrus, Cynthia J. "Nonnberg Abbey". Monastic Matrix. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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