GLOBAL TREASURES: Switzerland (Chorherrenstift Neustift)


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Global Treasures: Chorherrenstift Neustift
Ullman, Frank - Television Director

Catalogue Number: GTR-DVD-1132
UPC: 879061007316

Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.

The Chorherrenstift Neustift in southern Tyrol has a long and proud history. Its origins date back to the 12th century. The ancient domicile of the Royal Court of Neustift and a former hospice known as Engelsburg are located close to this monastic settlement.

In 1189, Propst Konrad II of Rodank ordered the construction of a sanctuary for pilgrims, the sick and the poor.

The Collegiate's library has a remarkable collection of books, and its captivating internal décor indicates the prosperity of a bygone time. Provost Leopold I of Zanna ordered the costly construction of the splendid library hall, designed by architect Giuseppe Sartori of Trentino.

The interior of the impressive Collegiate Church dates back to the 18th century. The building's décor is typical Late Baroque and its transition to southern Germany's Rococo period. In addition to the elaborate creations of the Wessobrunner artists, the ceiling frescos of the Augsburg artist Matthäus Günther are particularly noteworthy.

Beyond the Collegiate there are marvelous fruit plantations and vineyards, and the Turkish Tower is a reminder of the region's historic past.

As with the entire area of the monastery, the unique treasures of the Chorherrenstift Neustift have been preserved for posterity.

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