From the Marburg line of the Counts of Sponheim, he inherited parts of Lower Styria between the Drave and Save rivers in what is today Slovenia. From his uncle, the last Count of Formbach, he inherited the County of Pitten in 1158, which is today in Lower Austria, but remained part of Styria until the 16th century. To improve connection to that territory, he improved the roads across the Semmering Pass, and he also erected a hospital in Spital am Semmering in 1160 as well as completing the colonization of the area around the Traisen and Gölsen rivers.
Ottokal exercised seigniorage over the natural resources of his territory, extended his territorial control, and minted his own coins. He also founded the Augustinian monastery of Folau Abbey and founded and supported the Carthusian monastery of Seitz. Since the Second Crusade, he brought Byzantine artisans to Styria. He was buried at the Foundation in Seitz, but his body was later transferred to the Rhine Abbey in Styria.
Ottokar exercised seigniorage over natural resources of his realm, extended territorial rule and minted his own coins. He also founded the Augustinian monastery of Vorau Abbey and founded and supported the Carthusian monastery of Seitz.
He was buried in his foundation at Seitz, but his body was later transferred to Rein Abbey in Styria.
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