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    MELK ABBEY - COLOMAN COURTYARD

    by balhannah Updated May 6, 2014

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    After the Church, we walked into Coloman courtyard.

    Coloman, according to legend, is a King’s son from Ireland on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, who was martyred in 1012 in Stockerau, near Vienna. He was suspected of espionage because of his strange language and clothing, and was then imprisoned, tortured, and finally hanged from a dead elder tree.
    The miracles that then occurred soon after, caused the local population to venerate Coloman. Heinrich I become aware of Coloman through these wonders, and had his corpse brought to Melk in 1014, where a ceremonial funeral was held in the St. Peter’s church on the castle cliffs in Melk.

    Numerous churches in Austria, Bavaria, Swabia, and elsewhere are dedicated to St. Coloman. Coloman was also Austria’s first patron saint and still is the patron Saint of the town and monastery of Melk.
    Every year mass is celebrated on October 13th to honor St. Coloman. Since 1451, his saint day has been celebrated on this day in the town with a big fair.

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    MELK ABBEY - MARBLE HALL

    by balhannah Updated May 6, 2014

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    From the Museum we head into to the Marble Hall, the ornate imperial banqueting chamber in the high baroque style.
    When I entered here, it was WOW!!
    There is no furniture at all, thank goodness for that, as I wandered like a zombie with my head & eyes to the ceiling.
    The walls and ceiling are magnificently decorated, but it is the allegorical ceiling fresco, painted in 1731, depicting Reason guiding Humanity toward the Light of Civilization that I am attracted to.

    The description of the fresco, and I quote.......

    " In the centre is Pallas Athena on a chariot drawn by lions as a symbol of wisdom and moderation. Hercules can be seen to her left, symbolizing the force necessary to conquer the three-headed hound of hell, night, and sin. Both Pallas Athena and Hercules allude to Emperor Karl VI, who liked to be celebrated as a successor to the Roman emperors in the Hercules legend. The guest is shown the essence of the House of Habsburg: The ruler brings the people from dark to light, from evil to good."

    A scene from the fresco encircles the walls and blends into the ceiling of the Marble Hall, it is wonderful! The floors and lower walls of the Marble Hall are faced with marble slabs of varying color.
    Of interest is, not all is marble in here. The door frames are made of genuine marble, where-as the walls are of stucco marble.

    The big brass grille set in the middle of the floor is an early central heating system that funnels hot air up into the banqueting hall from the kitchens underneath.
    There are large windows providing plenty of light to illuminate the beautiful frescoes which are the highlight of this magnificent room.

    An incredible room!

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    MELK ABBEY - MUSEUM ROOM 3

    by balhannah Updated May 6, 2014

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    "MOTION IS A SIGN OF LIFE," was the title of the next Museum room.

    QUOTE.............."When I am in motion I see only one side, one aspect. Some things are unclear; I see only parts, not the whole.
    When I am in motion, on my way, I am continually reaching new shores, getting to know the world, other people, and myself. I always have a new goal.
    Being on the move causes unrest, but this unrest enables me to move, lets my heart grow wide.
    Being on the move has a great destination. As long as I am moving towards this destination I am looking in a mirror and see only a dim reflection.
    When I arrive at my destination I shall be seeing face to face."

    It was in this room where there the Melk Abbey had been built to scale. It was interesting to view, to see how many buildings this Abbey had, and how much area the whole Abbey covered!

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    MELK ABBEY - MUSEUM ROOM 2

    by balhannah Updated May 6, 2014

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    Heaven on earth display
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    This Museum room was known as 'HEAVEN ON EARTH'
    Another room with beautiful frescoes on the walls. Monasteries had become important points of spiritual, cultural and church life. Art flourished, and an art form developed showing joy in splendor, in large forms and in color, in everything that was simply beautiful and good. This art work was all around the rooms and the displays.

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    MELK ABBEY - MUSEUM ROOM 1

    by balhannah Updated May 6, 2014

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    Inlaid marble carving

    Departure from the Emperor's corridor led us to some rooms which have been converted into a museum devoted to the abbey's history, and now also house many of its treasures.

    I took some photo's in the room known as "A House for God and Man."

    These treasures came about as "The Babenbergs" wanted prayers to be said at the tomb of their ancestors in Melk. They donated important relics and works of art including the corpse of St. Coloman, a piece of the Cross of Christ and a portable altar.
    The Melk Cross was stolen, but did eventually return to Melk.

    Among the treasures is a 16th-century steel strongbox weighing 2,000 pounds when empty and equipped with twenty locks that snap shut at the turn of a tiny key, incredible!
    Another I liked had carved marble inlay around its sides.

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    MELK ABBEY - ARRIVAL

    by balhannah Updated May 6, 2014

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    Approaching Melk

    Melk Abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey.
    It is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites.

    As we drove into the town of Melk, we could see the Abbey towering above the town. It is situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736.

    We were travelling by Car, so all we had to do, was follow the signs to Stift Melk, and this took us to a large Abbey car park. There were plenty of trees for shade, and empty spaces for cars. I was surprised by the huge quantity of Buses here!

    THE CAR PARK IS FREE

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    St Benedict - Blue Room Melk Abbey

    by Mikebb Updated May 18, 2013

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    Young Benedict left Rome, repulsed by the immorality of the city, and lived in the mountains of Subiaco as a hermit. He found his way to an experience of God step by step: the loneliness of the cave, contact with people looking for direction. At each level he had to learn through experience to recognize the will of his God. Legends describe his life, and his rule for the monks clearly shows his development from a strict ascetic to a wise father of monks. In 529 AD: the foundation of Monte Cassino.

    Benedict died in the middle of the 6th century. He continued to write his monastic rules until the end of his life.
    These were to become the rule of the early Middle Ages.

    In his monastery Benedict founded a school to serve the Lord: In the same way that he sought God all his life, the first thing his monks should try to do was to recognize God’s will. For Benedict the most important criterium for a good monk is that he truly seek God.

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    Walk Through Melk Town

    by Mikebb Updated May 18, 2013

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    After visiting the Abbey we had the choice of walking back to the riverboat via the village or taking the bus. Naturally we chose to walk and enjoy the this beautiful small town, however not long enough for the ladies to browse the shops or even time to stop for a coffee or beer.

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    View from the Terrace of Melk Abbey

    by Mikebb Updated May 13, 2013

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    Melk is a a beautiful small Austrian town and the best place to obtain a birdseye view is from Melk Abbey.

    We had the option of returning to the riverboat by bus or walking back through the village.

    Naturally we chose the walk and we were certainly rewarded for our effort.

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    Organ - Melk Abbey

    by Mikebb Updated May 13, 2013

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    Organ - Melk Abbey

    High up closer to the ceiling than the floor is the magnificent organ. Well worth a photo, a pity no one was playing the day we visited.

    Asection of the beautiful ceiling can be seen behind the organ.

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    The Abbey Church

    by Mikebb Updated May 13, 2013

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    The beauty of the Church hits you as soon as you enter. Gold everywhere you look, everything in perfect condition. Just take time to sit down for a few minutes and absorb the scene.

    No restrictions on taking photos.

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    Melk Abbey - The Courtyard

    by Mikebb Updated May 13, 2013

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    The Courtyard is similar format to that of many Palaces, being the size of a small parade ground, surrounded by buildings on 3 sides and entry arch on the other.

    There is a beautiful clock mounted on the building to the right hand side.

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    Gardens Melk Abbey

    by Mikebb Updated May 13, 2013

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    Our entry to Melk Abbey was through the gardens, the photo shows our entry point. The gardens were excellent and set the tone for what the Abbey would deliver.

    The garden also provides opportunity to take photos of the town and surrounding valley.

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    MELK ABBEY PARK & GARDEN PAVILION

    by balhannah Written Jul 31, 2012

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    Time for me to see the garden
    The abbey park was designed as a baroque park in 1750 and in 1822 the majority was replanted as an English landscape garden. The area never used to be open to the public, but now is, so we are very lucky to be able to walk around it and enjoy the Baroque Garden Pavilion.

    The garden pavilion served as a place of relaxation for the monks in the Baroque era. Once again there are Baroque frescoes with exotic animals and plants, jungles and native people, another beautiful building!
    There is a Cafe for those who wish to have a cuppa!

    From the gardens, there is a wonderful view of the eastern side of the Abbey.

    Admission tickets to visit only the abbey park and the bastion....

    Adults: € 4,00....Students: € 3,00....Children (6-16 J): € 1,00

    ABBEY PARK IS OPEN....May to Oct. (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

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    MELK ABBEY - THE CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    From the library we walk to the Abbey church with its twin onion-domed towers and high cupola.

    Another wow! Look at this!

    Wonderful baroque architecture, extravagant decoration, brilliant gold leaf and rich gilding is what sprung out at me!
    Everything was so richly gilded, and then above my head on the ceiling, were saints and cherubs cavorting in clouds.
    The pulpit is entirely of gold. In the apse, the gilded windows of the private rooms where the royal family worshiped look out over the sumptuous high altar.

    I guess I walked around like a zombie again, I couldn't help it, I was in awe of this magnificent Church!

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