The Origin of the name of Mariazell

The town’s name:


On the 21st of December 1157 a monk of the St. Benedict order, called Magnus, came to the surroundings. The abbot of St. Lambrecht sent him there, to be the pastor of the people who live nearby. Magnus brought his wooden Mary statue with him. On the way there, the road was blocked by a huge stone, which he could not cross. The monk prayed to the Holy Mother and the prayers found her ears because the stone had broken, so he could continue his mission. When he arrived, he put the statue on a snag and built a little wooden chapel around it (“Maria in der Zelle”), which little chapel became the center of the spiritual life for the surroundings.  


 The Henrik legend


The Moravian margrave, Henrik and his wife had so heavy gout that they could not even get up from their bed. One night St. Wenzel told them to trust the Holy Mother and after they get well, they have to do a pilgrimage to Mariazell, where they should thank the Holy Mother by building a church. After they did what they were supposed to, they went back home. Probably Henrik (1197-1222) was the brother of King Ottokar I.


 The Louis legend


Against King Louis I of Hungary’s army, which had only 2000 members, the Turks and other Barbarian tribes went with an army of 8000 members. Seeing that his chances of winning the battle were really low, he prayed to Zelli Godmother, who told him in a dream, that her support is with him. When he had woken up, he found his Mary picture, what he kept on an altar, on his chest. He went to the battle, thinking that this was a heavenly sign and his army won this huge battle. For his gratitude, he went to Mariazell with his army, where he donated his picture to the church along with many other gifts. This legend depends on historical facts. King Louis I of Hungary reigned from 1342 to 1382. The battle’s date is uncertain; historians believe that it was in 1364.   


 The story of the hotelbuilding


The old City-council
„Fleischhauerei Perthold”
1756 „Common nationality”
The city-council, the archives and the police station were operated here untill a conflagration in 1827. Later, a butcher Josef Müller bought the building in ruins, and it was fully renovated. From the last century the building works as a hotel.