Gothic chapel

Balthasar Eggenberger had a sanctuary of the Virgin Mary constructed in the tower of his estate in 1470. This "capella Beate Marie Virginis sita in Castro Eckenperg" - as it is named in an indulgence document - forms the nucleus of the castle built by his famous descendant, Prince Hans Ulrich. The square room with its magnificent vaulted ceiling is typical of Late Gothic architecture and one of a whole Europe-wide tradition of prestigious private chapels found on aristocratic estates. The small chapel itself also symbolises the significance of Christian beliefs for the people of the Middle Ages. Balthasar was definitely not a deeply religious man, but it was still important to him to ensure his own salvation after his death. He therefore donated a winged alter dedicated to the highest of all advocates, the Virgin Mary.

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9532
eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours


State Rooms:
admission with guided tour only
2 April until 31 October 2019

Guided Tours: Tues-Sun and public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (exceptions may apply), and additionally by appointment. Group visits by appointment only.

Exhibitions:
2 April until 31. October 2019
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Park and Gardens:
April - October: daily, 8am-7pm
November - March: daily, 8am-5pm
1st January 2019: 10am-5pm

Open in addition:
22nd April 2019
10th June 2019