A house that is over 100 years old

History of the vicarage in Tieschen

A heavenly holiday is now also possible in the middle of Thermenland Styria. A special experience now awaits you at our house in Tieschen: a holiday in a former monastery, including a view of the altar from the living room! Four comfortable apartments have been constructed for you in the premises of the former Franciscan monastery.

Arrival of the Franciscans in Tieschen

Since there was a lack of secular priests, the Provincial Superior of Franciscans was approached with the request to set up an establishment in Tieschen. So the construction of a monastery was started and completed in the summer of 1898.
Three Franciscan monks moved into the new Franciscan monastery in the same year. The Holy Trinity parish was established four years later. As a result, the Franciscans fostered the spiritual well-being of people over the course of decades.
You can also relax in the lovingly furnished apartments and feel the energy of this important site, far away from everyday life. Buildings such as our apartment building are places of energy and anchor points of an inspired community. We need that to draw strength for our demanding everyday life.

The church building

The Holy Trinity parish church faces east, slightly elevated on a hillside plateau. Together with the two-storey monastery building added on the north side, the parish church constitutes a splendid sacral building whose bell tower forms the optical focal point. The picture of St. Francis with the Mother of God painted by Carl Rotky is particularly noteworthy.

The church steeple was originally built on the altar side of the church. Today an entrance on the back side as well as seating accommodation in the remnants of the steeple also attests to the original design. Now the church steeple is located on the side of the main entrance.

St. Francis with the wolf

St. Francis plays an important role for the little community between Bad Radkersburg and Bad Gleichenberg. The statue of St. Francis with the wolf, the largest throughout Europe, was erected as a landmark for the region around Tieschen. This monumental work is eight metres high and weighs about four tonnes, and was made by Bolivian artist Fernando Crespo. The entire sculpture was welded from scrap iron remnants.
The Volcano Land utilised the study visit of metal artist Fernando Crespo in Styria for the production of this statue.
The work of art is a part of the “Trail of St. Francis” in Tieschen. On this trail you can hike along the stations of the “Canticle of the Sun” composed by St. Francis.

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