Pratt Rock

Pratt Rock known as Pratt's Rock, is a rockface or other landform that includes a series of stone carvings in Prattsville, New York depicting the life of Zadock Pratt. Pratt was supposed to be buried in a tomb carved into the stone, but work was stopped after only a small recessed chamber was created because water leaked through the rock overhead, excavating the stone was providing to be too difficult; the rock was a monument for Pratt's son, George W. Pratt, killed in the Civil War, it is considered the first memorial for the Civil War. Ripley's Believe it or Not once called it "New York's Mt. Rushmore"; as Pratt Rock Park, the place was listed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Pratt Rock, at RoadsideAmerica. Com includes photos Pratt Rock Park history Pratt Rock Photo Gallery

Viktring Abbey

Viktring Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery in the Austrian state of Carinthia. Stift Viktring is now the name of the Roman Catholic parish in Viktring, since 1973 a district of the Carinthian capital Klagenfurt. Viktring Abbey was established in 1142 by Cistercian monks from Villers-Bettnach Abbey in the Duchy of Lorraine, of the filiation of Morimond, its lands were a gift of Count Bernhard of Spanheim-Marburg, brother of Duke Engelbert of Carinthia, his wife Kunigunde, daughter of Margrave Ottokar II of Styria. As early as 13 May in the following year the first abbot, was consecrated; the abbey church was dedicated 60 years by Eberhard of Regensburg, Archbishop of Salzburg, in 1202. In 1234 the Carinthian duke Bernhard von Spanheim founded Landstrass Abbey, latterly known as Kostanjevica Abbey, a daughter house of Viktring in the March of Carniola, in the modern Kostanjevica in Slovenia; the most notable abbot was the chronicler John of Viktring, confidant of Duke Henry of Bohemia, who assumed his office in 1312.

Under Abbot Johannes II in 1411 the greater part of Viktring Abbey burnt down. Vigorous re-building in the abbey and the parishes belonging to it was however made possible by decree of the Cistercian General Chapter. In 1447 the German king Frederick III of Habsburg presented the abbey church with an altar. Viktring Abbey was dissolved during the rationalist reforms of Emperor Joseph II by decree of 19 May 1786; the parish of Stift Viktring retained possession only of the former priest's house. The altar was removed to St. Bernard's Abbey in Wiener Neustadt, when, merged into Heiligenkreuz Abbey in 1885, sold to St. Stephen's Cathedral, where it is to be seen opposite Emperor Frederick's tomb. Part of the premises and lands were bought at auction on 10 November 1788 by the brothers Johann and Christoph Moro, who set up a textile factory here. In 1796 they succeeded in acquiring a long lease of the lordship of Viktring; the rise of the firm "Gebrüder Moro" was spectacular. The firm painstakingly cultivated its connections to the Imperial family, received further visits in 1850 and 1852 from Emperor Franz Joseph.

By 1897 the Moro family had acquired its rights. In 1925 Adeline von Botka, the last surviving member of the family, sold the textile factory "Gebrüder Moro" to Baron Josef Aichelburg-Zosenegg. In 1942 he committed suicide, the company was taken over by the "Hamburger Aero-Maschinen- und Werkzeugfabrik". In 1956 the Reichmann company went out of business ten years later. In 1970 the Austrian government bought the buildings and set up a secondary school here in 1977, which in 1980 became independent as the "Realgymnasium unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der musischen Ausbildung". On 23 September 1999 the official opening of the BRG Klagenfurt-Viktring, well known for its specialisation in musical education, took place. Stift Viktring parish Viktring Abbey church Bundesdenkmalamt: Stift Viktring