Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg) is a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg, Austria.
This was the convent where Maria served as a postulant before she was sent to look after the children of Captain von Trapp in the musical and movie “The Sound of Music”.
Maria Augusta Kutschera had joined Nonnberg Abbey as a postulant after graduating from college when she was eighteen.
As a postulant, she was requesting admission into the Abbey as a nun, which may or may not be granted.
The original plan was for her to look after one of Georg von Trapp’s daughters and return after 10 months to formally enter the nunnery.
She eventually went on to look after all of Georg’s seven children and agreed when the latter proposed to her, asking her to stay with him and become a second mother to his children.
She bore him three additional children after they got married.
The monastery in the movie was actually a movie set built specially for the filming.
Incidentally, Maria and Georg von Trapp were married at the Nonnberg Abbey in 1927, when she was 22.
According to Wikipedia, Nonnberg Abbey was founded in 714 AD by Saint Rupert of Salzburg.
With most of the Abbey destroyed by fire in 1423, the current Nonnberg was reconstructed after the fire.
It is considered to be the oldest nunnery in the world that existed with no interruptions.
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