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Admont Abbey to Host Scientific Symposium

The founder of the Benedictine Abbey of Admont, Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg, is the focus of the academic conference taking place from 14 to 15 June in the Upper Styrian abbey. All interested parties are invited to attend free of charge.

Admont Abbey to Host Scientific Symposium

Founded in 1074, the Benedictine Abbey of Admont in Upper Styria is celebrating its 950th anniversary this year. The abbey was founded by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg, who had a monastery built on the orders of St Hemma of Gurk. He chose Admont as the site for its construction. A strategic decision, as Father Maximilian Schiefermüller, Prior of Admont Abbey, knows: "Admont was part of the diocese of Salzburg. There was already a parish and salt was mined nearby in Hall. At the time, this was an important economic basis for the foundation of towns and monasteries." Archbishop Gebhard's final resting place is also in Admont. "The sources indicate that the mortal remains of the founder of the monastery were removed from the grave and buried in the high altar of the collegiate church," says Schiefermüller, "but we wanted to know for sure whether this is actually the case." The Admont monastic community therefore removed the sarcophagus from the high altar. It was then opened in the presence of the monks and a restorer. What came to light was a fully preserved skeleton, which was put together by the Graz anthropologist Silvia Renhart. "The skeleton was medically and anthropologically examined in order to determine whether it was actually the bones of Archbishop Gebhard," explains Admont's prior. The results of the samples speak for themselves: the skeleton corresponds to a man from the 11th century who was around 75 years old, a rarity for the time. This means that "everything points to the fact that it is indeed Archbishop Gebhard who rests here in Admont," says Schiefermüller happily.

Special exhibition Admont Abbey c Thomas Sattler

Renowned experts speak in Admont

The results of the investigations also gave rise to a facial reconstruction. This "gave us a concrete image of our monastery founder for the first time," says the prior. Since the opening of this year's special exhibition to mark the 950th anniversary of the monastery, a full-size likeness of Archbishop Gebhard has been on display in the Abbey Museum. As one of the many highlights of this anniversary year, a scientific conference on Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg will be held at the Benedictine Abbey of Admont from 14 to 15 June. "Through the scientific research, we have reopened the person and the time in which Archbishop Gebhard lived, as well as the foundation of the monastery," says Schiefermüller. Numerous renowned historians from Austria and Europe have been invited to the conference. The audience can expect a high-calibre programme that includes exciting lectures on the time of Archbishop Gebhard, his work, the opening of the tomb, the facial reconstruction and the founding of the monastery. All interested parties are invited to attend the scientific conference, which is free of charge. Registration is open until 7 June at .

- Friday, 14 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
- Saturday, 15 June 2024 from 09:00 to 18:00

Small ballroom, Admont Abbey

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