Zirc Abbey, Zirc

Zirc Abbey, formerly also Zircz Abbey, also known as Zircensis or Boccon, is a Cistercian abbey, situated in Zirc in the Diocese of Veszprém, Hungary.HistoryFirst periodThe early history of the monastery is obscure as regards both names and dates, on account of its being so often referred to under both these titles: whether Zirc and Boccon were separate abbeys cannot now be definitely determined. It seems most probable that the foundation was made by Béla III, King of Hungary (1182), as the monastic domain was formerly a royal farm. Besides this grant, on which now stands the city of Zirc, many other donations were made to the nascent abbey, which soon became one of the most celebrated in the country. It was rich not only in temporal possessions but also in the spirit of fervor and religious regularity. In 1232 the foundation of Kutjevo Abbey in the present Croatia was made from Zirc, which became its mother-house.This happy state continued for three centuries, but decadence set in before the end of the fifteenth century, and by 1526 the ravages of the Ottoman invasion of Hungary had depopulated the monastery, not one religious remaining at the end of the year. The buildings and possessions passed into the hands of laymen.Second periodIn the seventeenth century it was acquired by Canon Mihály Monoszlay. Thenceforth it remained the property of ecclesiastics, and in 1659 it was given to Holweis, Abbot of the Cistercian Lilienfeld Abbey, who appointed Márton Újfalusy its abbot, thus reviving it. From the jurisdiction of Lilienfeld it was transferred successively to that of Klostermarienberg Abbey and Heinrichau Abbey . From the latter abbey came a number of religious who gradually restored first the monastic buildings and church and then regular observance in its primitive vigour.
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  • The Cistersians were always smart and high educated peoples. They offered knowledge and respect to their surroundings. The convent payed for workers and developped a countryseat with their wine. Their...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit and we're amazed at the local history in this corner of Hungary. Adjoining the abbey was a natural history museum, historic library and arboretum. All of which proves to be inform...  more »
  • Beautiful garden with nicely renovated buildings. The church/basilica is also open for visit at weekends, but only outer area. You can check though the amazing inside.
  • It is recently renovated. Looks nice. It has an interesting history. Worth to visit.
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