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Lambach Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in Lombach in northwestern Austria.
Count Arnold II became the founder of the monastery in 1040 year. In 1056, Bishop Adalbero Wurzburg, son of Arnold, turned the monastery complex into a Benedictine abbey. In 1233, Otto II, bursting into the monastery, destroyed part of the church buildings.
During the renovations carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries, the abbey acquired the Baroque style. This was made possible thanks to the Carlone family. In the 1780s, the monastery miraculously managed to avoid closure – during this period most of the abbeys were dissolved by Emperor Joseph II.
At the end of the 19th century, young Adolf Hitler lived in the city of Lambach for some time with his parents. The boy was good at drawing and had an excellent voice, so he was soon accepted into the choir of Lambach Abbey. The richness and splendor of the church aroused great admiration in Adolf. An interesting fact: throughout his life, Hitler hid from paying taxes, from everyone except the church.
During the Second World War, after the seizure of the monastery by the National Socialists, a Nazi school. Some of the monks were expelled, the other part – called up for government service. At the end of the war, the monks returned to the monastery.
The main attractions of the abbey are beautiful baroque facades, the oldest Romanesque frescoes, as well as a concert hall, in the past served as a refectory. Of particular interest are religious artifacts, a library containing more than 50,000 volumes, and a rich collection of graphics by Koloman Fellner.
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