Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Melk Abbey



The Prelate's Courtyard is one of seven courtyards at Melk Abbey.


Marble Hall.

Ceiling fresco by Paul Troger (1731) in Marble Hall. I wish I could have gotten the whole thing in the photo, but I would have had to lie down on the floor to do it and then I wouldn't have been able to get back up and would probably still be there.

The library at Melk Abbey consists of a total of twelve rooms with only this one room open to the public.

Looking down at the town of Melk from one of the windows in the abbey.

The abbey church.




The next stop on our cruise was Melk Abbey, a Benedictine abbey perched high above the Danube on a rocky cliff overlooking the town of Melk, Lower Austria. Founded in 1089, the Baroque abbey seen today was built between 1702 and 1736. The model of the abbey in the last photo gives you an idea of how big this place is.

Linking to Tom's Tuesday's Treasures.

24 comments:

Adam said...

that's some beautiful art

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Que maravilha, gostei bastante da biblioteca.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Marleen said...

That ceiling is beautiful!

biebkriebels said...

It is a huge Abbey with a wonderful libray. I remember We once made a Danube tour too along Melk.

Tom said...

...Lois, your trip was filled with treasures. I invite you to share this gorgeous post at Tuesday's Treasures.

Sandi said...

Such grand architecture! Why don't we build things like this today?

Lowell said...

You'd need all the superlatives in the world to describe this place. It's huge, and ornate, and incredibly and painfully beautiful! The ceiling painting reminded me of Versailles. I laughed out loud when I read the part where if you laid down on the floor to take a photo you'd probably still be there. I know just how you feel. And then there's the church - and the altar and the pulpit. I wonder if their god is impressed by all the gilt and glamour? I was.

Lowell said...

I meant to add that I enjoy your photos so much. They are so clean and sharp and filled with great color and detail. And they make your blog a delight to visit!

Sandra said...

that big courtyard made me picture a glass carriage wating for Cinderella as she flew out at midnight. I know, I might be crazy, but that was my second thought after thinking how awe inspiring the buildings and courtyard are. can you see her dancing with the prince in the photo of the marble hall?

Jack said...

I remember Melk Abbey. Your lovely photographs bring the memories back.

Sharon Anck said...

What a beautiful place and one I had never heard of before. It's simply spectacular. By the way, your comment about getting down on the floor made me laugh out loud. I would have had the exact same thought.

William Kendall said...

Utterly exquisite!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place inside and outside is just beautiful. Lovely photos. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Christine said...

Stunning! I am running out of different adjectives to describe these amazing palaces and abbeys! The library is my favourite part of the abbey.

RedPat said...

I can't get over the amount of ornate detail, Lois! So gorgeous!

Revrunner said...

The library of my dreams.

bill burke said...

Overwhelmingly beautiful. So much beauty and then there's that incredible library. Wow! Your photos are so nice, sharp and colourful.

Denise inVA said...

I would have been walking around with my mouth open at the magnificence. The ceiling fresco by Paul Troger is stunning.

Tanya Breese said...

I imagine seeing this in person takes your breath away!

A Colorful World said...

Absolutely breath-taking! Amazingly beautiful!

Linda said...

Wow! Spectacular place!

Kate said...

Some of these photos are breathtaking!

Merisi said...

Another magnificent place, so glad you got to visit it!
Did you also have time to take a walk in their gardens, with a view of the Danube Valley below?

Klara S said...

Libraries are always my favourite places to visit. Great pictures.