Melk Benedictine Abbey
Melk Abbey is one of the most significant Baroque constructions and most-visited sights in Austria.
The highlights of the tour include the marble hall and library, among others.
For more than 900 years the monks at Melk Abbey have lived and worked in an unbroken tradition according to the rules of St Benedictine in pastoral care (23 parishes are connected to the monastery), schools (there is a secondary school with about 880 pupils), business, culture and tourism. Melk Abbey has therefore been an important intellectual and spiritual centre in Austria since its foundation.
In addition to the Emperor’s rooms, a tour of the abbey includes the marble hall and library, masterpieces of Baroque decor with famous frescoes by Paul Troger, as well as the balconies with beautiful views of the Danube landscpe and the abbey church’s west facade.
The abbey church is at the end of the tour and a true highlight. Artists such as Jakob Prandtauer, Johann Michael Rottmayr, Paul Troger, Antonio Beduzzi, Lorenzo Mattielli and Peter Widerin, along with many others, have created a total work of art to honour the glory of God that is an unparalleled, undisputed and magnificent example of the Baroque.
Die Stiftskirche ist Abschluss und Höhepunkt des Rundganges. Künstler wie Jakob Prandtauer, Johann Michael Rottmayr, Paul Troger, Antonio Beduzzi, Lorenzo Mattielli und Peter Widerin haben mit vielen anderen hier ein Gesamtkunstwerk zur Verherrlichung Gottes geschaffen, das als Musterbeispiel des Barock unumstritten ist und das seinesgleichen sucht.