Sundial seen on Reichenau Island. It shows not only the motto ‘Pray and Work’ (ora et labora) but also Saint Pirmin, the founder of Reichenau Abbey. The two snakes refers to the fact that he is considered to be a patron against snake bites.
Sundial displaying the martyrium of Saint Sebastian seen at the inner court of Millstatt Abbey.
Sundial seen at the Romanesque cloister courtyard of the former Millstatt Abbey in the Austrian state of Carinthia.
Sundial in one of the inner yards of St Peter’s Abbey (Erzabtei St. Peter) in Salzburg. The Benedictine monastery in the Austrian city of Salzburg was founded in 696 and is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in German-speaking area.
On my walk through the basement vaults of Altenburg Abbey I came across this reconstruction of a Gothic tower stove. While unearthing the old monastery the workers discovered 62 tiles showing Bible stories, saints, emblems and symbols. They were probably created in the years between 1480 and 1510.
The motto ‘Ora et Labora‘ seen at this sundial refers to the monastic practice of working and praying, generally known as a Rule of Saint Benedict. Actually this sundial was placed at Seitenstetten Abbey, a large Benedictine monastery in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria.
Mittelzell Abbey was founded in 724 by Saint Pirmin. Later the abbey got famous for the Reichenau School producing lavishly illuminated manuscripts during the late 10th and early 11th centuries.
This sundial dated with the year 1570 is shown at St Leopold’s Courtyard (Leopoldihof) of Klosterneuburg Abbey (Stift Klosterneuburg).