) is a former Cistercian
monastery in Neuberg an der Mürz
, and is the only extant set of monastic buildings in Austria to have retained its medieval character to any great extent.
The monastery was founded in 1327
by the Habsburg
Duke Otto the Merry
, who died here in 1339. It was suppressed in 1786
by Emperor Joseph II
. The partly ruined premises were converted use in 1850 as a hunting lodge for Franz Joseph I
. The buildings were later owned by the Austrian Forestry Department, until 2006.
The abbey church became the parish church of Neuberg. Construction on the monumental High Gothic hall church
began in about 1330, and was not completed until the reign of Frederick III
, in 1496. The roof-timbers from the first half of the 15th century contain more than 1100 m³ of larch wood and constitute the largest and most important construction of this sort in the German-speaking world. The church interior is dominated by the Baroque
high altar, dating from 1612. The life-size sandstone statue of the "Neuberger Madonna" and several side-altars date from the Gothic period.
and the chapter house
contain precious reliefs, which are among the most important specimens of 14th century sculpture in Austria.