Melk Abbey - Inner Passageway by photosynthesis ()
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Inside Melk Abbey...
"Melk Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk, Lower Austria, Austria, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty.
The abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th century, and the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. The monastery's scriptorium was also a major site for the production of manuscripts. In the 15th century the abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform movement which reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.
Today's Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer. Particularly noteworthy are the abbey church with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the library with countless medieval manuscripts, including a famed collection of musical manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger.
Due to its fame and academic stature, Melk managed to escape dissolution under Emperor Joseph II when many other Austrian abbeys were seized and dissolved between 1780 and 1790. The abbey managed to survive other threats to its existence during the Napoleonic Wars, and also in the period following the Anschluss in 1938, when the school and a large part of the abbey were confiscated by the state.
The school was returned to the abbey after the Second World War and now caters for nearly 900 pupils of both sexes."
Image Comments (15)
SunriseGirl () 2:29PM | Wed, 03 February 2016
I absolutely love this POV! And thanks for sharing the history of this place as well. It goes on my bucket list :)
anahata.c () 5:41PM | Wed, 03 February 2016
with the above, a beautiful architectural photograph with clear perspective, beautiful hues, wonderful lines on all the surfaces, and dissolving white light at top---which the monks and nuns would like (as it'd remind them of heaven). The wiki entry is fascinating: I know monasteries had many manuscripts, some great works of art; but I didn't know this came from royalty---which might explain the riches. (I guess the royals were hedging their bets in favor of the divine; an early form of 'lobbying'...) A beautiful architectural shot; you've a very intuitive eye for architecture of all kinds...
auntietk () 11:22PM | Wed, 03 February 2016
LOVE the pov! Those pavers are beautiful, and provide a superb entryway into your photograph.
Djavad () 3:38AM | Thu, 04 February 2016
L'atmosphère est solennel et majestueuse ! Pas à pas y pénétrer...
The atmosphere is solemn and majestic! Step into it ...