In Which We Visit a Famous Abbey

in cathedrals •  15 days ago 

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I cannot possibly do a month of my Favorite Things without including one of my all-time favorite buildings -- Melk Abbey in Austria.

Melk Abbey is a little outside of Vienna, and this baroque stunner is absolutely breathtaking from the moment you approach. Inside and out, Melk Abbey is a treat for the eyes. The facade is decorative and has a unique color, the double clock towers are beautifully matched, and the statuary is superb. The inside is simply staggering. Everywhere you look, there is art and decoration.

The abbey itself was once a palace. There are multiple castle-turned-monastery locations in Austria, Melk probably being among the most well known.

As a lover of both churches and baroque architecture, the combination of the two is simply irresistible to me.


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If you ever get the chance to see it in person, it is staggering.

I went to one where they filmed the wedding scene for the Sound of Music and it looks like this, is it?

No, actually, though the exterior of the church that was used for the movie (St. Michael's Church in Mondsee) was also twin-towered and yellow with white trim. So the look on the outside has some similarites! (Very different interiors, though.) The Sound of Music was filmed in the Salzburg area, while Melk Abbey is closer to Vienna. It's a good two hours away.