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The Benedictine Convent (Stift Nonnberg) dates in Salzburg from 714. Its founder was St. Rupert. He appointed his niece, St. Erentrude, as Mother Superior. They have their final resting places in the crypt below. Some people remember it as the set for the scene in the Sound of Music. This overshadows the architectural significance and beauty of the nunnery.

The Stift Nonnberg grew in the 11th century. In 1423, a fire destroyed much of the structure. The result was the construction of a new convent complex on the same site. Part of the complex is the Church, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Erentrude. When you visit this church, spend some time considering both the façade and the interior. There are a number of interesting features. Look at the Rose typaneum above the door. Here, you can see the Virgin Mary with John the Baptist and St. Erentrude. The niches feature 12th century Romanesque frescoes. Just below the steeple are some of the oldest frescoes in Austria. They are Byzantine in style and probably date from the 10th century. The main altarpiece is late Gothic. Behind the altar, you will see in the central window, a stained glass panel by Peter Hemmel. The altarpiece in the Chapel of St. John is gothic and probably from the school of Veit Stoss.

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