Austria
Admont Abbey Library

Step into the grandeur of the Admont Abbey Library in Austria, a baroque masterpiece that houses a world of ancient texts and whispers tales of monastic heritage. Read more

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Nestled within the serene landscapes of Styria, Admont Abbey Library is renowned as the world's largest monastic library. Completed in 1776, the library is a segment of the larger Admont Abbey, which was founded in 1074. The library's architectural elegance is matched by its vast collection, housing approximately 200,000 volumes with manuscripts dating back to the 8th century. The library's stunning interior is embellished with elaborate frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte, showcasing themes of human knowledge, and intricate sculptures by Josef Stammel, which offer profound contemplations on life and death. The library is also home to the Abbey's Museum, which includes a natural history collection, fine arts, and changing exhibitions that bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary. Its grand hall, often bathed in natural light that filters through the clerestory windows, casts a heavenly glow across the Rococo-style shelves and painted ceilings, creating an atmosphere that is as divine as it is scholarly.
Admont Abbey Library is not just a bastion of knowledge; it is a sanctuary where the aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual converge, inviting visitors to bask in the glory of human thought and divine inspiration.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Admont Abbey Library

The Grand Hall

The heart of the library, this hall features a stunning array of frescoes and sculptures, radiating the enlightenment spirit of the age.

Ancient Manuscripts Collection

Discover a treasure trove of ancient knowledge, with texts dating back centuries, preserved and presented with reverence.

Abbey Museum's Natural History Collection

Marvel at natural wonders collected by monks over centuries, providing insight into the monastic study of the natural world.

Abbey Museum's Art Exhibitions

Rotating contemporary art exhibits offer a striking contrast to the historical backdrop, providing a dialogue between past and present aesthetics.

Manuscript Restoration Workshop

A window into the meticulous craft of preserving ancient texts, crucial for the survival of historical knowledge.

The Abbey Church

A testament to religious art and architecture, it complements the library's grandeur with its spiritual ambiance and baroque artistry.

St. Benedict's Room

An intimate space dedicated to the life and works of Saint Benedict, reflecting the monastic roots of the Abbey.

The Abbey Gardens

Surrounding the Abbey, these meticulously maintained gardens offer a tranquil retreat with pathways leading through a variety of flora.

Gesäuse National Park

A short drive away, the park provides breathtaking alpine landscapes, perfect for nature lovers and hikers seeking inspiration beyond the written word.

The Enns River

The Abbey overlooks this picturesque river, inviting for a leisurely stroll or a reflective pause in the midst of a historical journey.

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