The Abbey in Melk, Austria has been in continuous use for over 900 years; though only two stacks remain from that time period. The guide shared with us that their city was very excited because they just received their first “apprentice” monk in over 10 years. Apparently this is not a life that many men choose these days.
Not the Abbey. This is where our ship was parked.
The building and grounds are lovely, but the view from the Abbey is worth the tour. We were only shown a handful of rooms, and I was more interested in the ceilings and floors than the artifacts.
Maria Theresia as Queen of Hungary. We heard lots about her on tours in several cities.
In-laid wood floor. I think these are beautiful.
Not the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, but still lovely.
Orchestras would sit on the 2nd floor behind those round windows and play music for the room below for special occasions.
The chapel part of the Abbey. Wasn’t allowed to take pictures once inside though.
These weird painted creatures were all over the garden.
Beautiful roses, even this late in the year.
Even the rose garden got a weird animal.
My trees do not look like this.
View of the Abbey from the road below. The two towers are the chapel part of the building.
View of Melk Abbey from the Danube as our ship approached to dock