The Mariatrost Basilica
Austria will issue a stamp commemorating the 300 years of founding of Mariatrost Basilica on 19th September . The stamp depicts this cathedral in all its beauty.The Baroque Mariatrost Basilica on top of the Purberg hill in Mariatrost, a district of Graz, is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of Styria in Austria.The pilgrimage church stands prominently on top of the Purberg hill in the northeast of Graz. It can be reached using the 200 or more steps of the Angelus stair. The basilica is classified as a Baroque building.The building was begun in 1714 by Andreas Stengg and his son Johann Georg Stengg and finished in 1724. The main altar includes a statue of the Madonna originally created in the Gothic period around 1465, but altered to the Baroque style in 1695 by Bernhard Echter.The Mariatrost Basilica is the second most important Marian shrine of Styria after Mariazell Basilica.
This museum hosts private Angerlehner collection that is based on the results of over 30 years of collecting contemporary art. With more than 1,500 paintings, the focus is on painting since 1950, supplemented by sketches, photographs and sculptures. The collector’s personal approach, both in relation to experiencing the pictures and contact with artists, has created a strong connection to Austrian art.Important exponents such as the “Neue Wilde” shape the collection’s focus on abstract and expressionist movements. Stylistic variety also becomes apparent in works of informal and constructive art as well as in the multi-facetted examples of figurative painting.