Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Benedictine Monastery of Melk, Austria, the Greatest Libraries Part 3

A bit rococo but nonetheless very impressive,the Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Melk in Austria.
I have never heard of that Monastery before so I looked it up on the internet.

Not only does the abbey look beautiful inside and outside but the location seems amazing too. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube.
Apparently Stift Melk is one of the world's most famous monastic sites.  So famous, I didn't know about it.
The abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey.

In his well-known novel The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco named one of the protagonists "Adson von Melk" as a tribute to the abbey and its famous library.

 I know I should have been a monk!! 

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