First of all one must make a rather steep climb to reach the nunnery. The monastery is closed for visitors but the church is open to public. This Maria Himmelfahrt church is a true gem in its kind and well worth the effort! Built 1463-1499 as a three-aisled late Gothic Basilica, dedicated to Mary Ascension. It was built on the walls of an earlier Romanesque basilica destroyed by fire 1423, doorway and frescos (depicting "Paradise") below the choir have survived this fire (must say I find it a disgrace that a system is used in which one has donate 1 Euro in order to light the frescos for only1 to 2 minutes! This is robbery at full daylight towards visitors and certainly a black mark for a nunnery).1464-1506 Rebuilt. High altar (1515) comes from a Church in Scheffau (Golling) and was placed in 1853. The high relief represents the marriage of St. Catherine. The figure of Mary with child in the shrine in the winged altar is flanked by statues of Saints Rupert and Virgil. In the left Choir apsis holds a Pietà (1415-1420). Behind the high altar, mostly in original state, window depicting scenes of the life of Hl Mary. Crypt (1463) with carved vaulting and rock cut tomb of St Erentrudis, the walls of the crypt are of Romanesque origin. The monastery was founded in 713-715, and since its foundation is it the oldest, continuous, women's monastery. Founder St Rupert, then passed to his niece Erentrudis, first Abbess. Was destroyed by fire in 1423. 1464-1509 Rebuilt. 1624 Expanded with three side chapels. 1880 Different Baroque elements added. The monastery complex is closely grouped. The complex consists of: monastery church Maria Ascension with Pietà Chapel, Lourdes Grotto, calvary, Chapter Hall, convent, utility buildings, refectory, the old Abbey, St John Chapel, the Confessor floor, judges floor, churchwarden floor, Nonnbergtower, upper garden and bakery. The monastery Museum holds an important collection of medieval sculptures, late Gothic wing altars, late Gothic paintings and work of craftsmen. The Abbey became world famous as, right after the first world war, Maria Augusta von Trapp was a teacher in the nunneryschool. On her life was "the sound of music" is based.