Visiting the Abbey
Other than the lake, Millstatt's main attraction is the Stift (Abbey), which was founded in 1080 as a Benedictine monastery. Near the end of the 15th century, it was taken over by Jesuits. One part of the monastery has been used as a hotel (the Hotel Lindenhof) since 1773, and it was once the mansion of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. George.
In the abbey courtyard stands a 1,000-year-old "Judgment" lime tree. The cloister, which has Gothic vaulting and Romanesque arches, is reached from the east side of the court. The abbey contains a fresco of the Last Judgment, a masterpiece of Austrian Renaissance art. The Stiftskirche (Abbey Church) has a Romanesque doorway that is the complex's major architectural attraction.
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