Hohe Schule, Loosdorf, Austria

in Loosdorf, Austria

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Alter Rathauspl. 15, 3382 Loosdorf, Austria
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N48° 11' 56.04" E15° 24' 5.76"   (48.1989, 15.4016)
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The Hohe Schule (meaning: "The High School") in Loosdorf near Melk was built in 1574 or a few years earlier by the Earl of Losenstein as a private Lutheran German grammar school in Lower Austria for the youth of the nobility and non-nobility. He also restored the nearby castle 'Schallaburg' and parish church in Loosdorf in renaissance style. The Hohe Schule has a cosy inner courtyard and is noted for its characteristic arcades in the corridors.
Two copies of the statutes of the school, which were printed in Augsburg in 1574, are still left ("Loßdorffische Schulordnung", meaning about "Loosdorfian school plan"). The statutes resemble those of the Lutheran grammar school of Strasbourg. The role of the Hohe Schule in the context of (contra)reformation at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century in Europe has been documented by the University of Vienna. In 1592 it became a public school with subsidy from the estates of the knights and the lords of Lower Austria. In 1602 they granted an annual subsidy of 1000 gulden, but in the twenties of the 17th century they could no longer afford that. In the 17th century the Protestant religion also came under pressure in Lower Austria. Finally the school had to close in 1627 and the than owner of castle Schallaburg and the school, George of Stubenberg, left Austria in 1660. The ’Hohe Schule’ remained in possession of nobility until the 19th century. In the second half of the 20th century it housed a few shops and a praying room for the Lutheran parish of Melk. Nowadays it's rooms are rented to tourists.


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Hohe Schule, Loosdorf, Austria

Address: Alter Rathauspl. 15, 3382 Loosdorf, Austria