1163 – Founding of the Augustinian monastery

    The monastery was founded by Margrave Ottokar III in the Joglland. It is Styria’s second oldest Augustinian monastery, designed to be a place of prayer, pastoral care, education and culture. Badly damaged and renovated on mulitple occasions within its time, the church is the centre of the monastery. The opulent high altar that was created in the 18th century is a Baroque masterpiece and the church is known as one of Styria’s most magnificent thanks to its multitude of frescos. On the monastery tour you will learn about its history, the church, sacristy and world-famous library.

    A library with over 40,000 books

    One of Vorau monastery’s highlights is its library, which stretches across 24 m on two levels. Today the monastery houses 416 manuscripts, 206 incunables and around 40,000 printed books. Particularly noteworthy is the "Vorauer Evengeliar" due to its unique decoration with four full-page pictures of Evangelists, the "Vorauer Handschrift" as a manuscript collection of early Middle High German poems and the "Kaiserchronik" as one of the first world chronicles (both from the 12th century) and the "Vorauer Volksbibel", a history bible from the 15th century.


    Augustiner Chorherrenstift Vorau, 8250 Vorau 1,
    T: +43 3337 23510, pforte (at) stift-vorau. atwww.stift-vorau.at