Melk Abbey was amazing and I took lots of photographs though when we were being taken on a guided tour it was fairly speedy and I would have liked more time.
I’ve been aiming for twelve photographs of each location but I have had to stretch to fifteen here.
Melk is very much a working abbey but I imagine that the tourists help supplement their income.
Here we are at the main entrance to the abbey.We were left to wander around in the outer courtyards for a while.The sun was very bright and it was impossible to take in the whole area in one photograph.
The inner courtyard was more interesting. I especially liked the four modern paintings of the cardinal virtues. (One on each side).
The one you can see in the above photograph was probably my favourite. It represented Wisdom (or Prudence).I photgraphed all four but not to overwhelm you I will just share the one opposite, under the clock, which represented Justice.As it was so hot, we eventually settled for resting in the area between the two courtyards and I had to take a photograph of the ceiling. as it was so beautiful.
We were taken inside and one of the areas we went to contained many old vestements and religious artefacts. The light was low and everything contained in glass cases so taking photographs was tricky.
Just as an example I have chosen this black copeand this golden chalice. We moved on later to a large hall with a trompe d’oeil ceiling. I couldn’t photograph the whole ceiling but I have included these two photographs to show how the effect worked well when standing in the centreBut if you moved to the edge you could see that it was an illusion as the persepective changed.Another amazing trompe d’oeil effect was this spiral staircase. It is hard to believe that this is just a flat painted surface, it seemed so real at the time.
Here is a close up so you can see that it is indeed just paint. (We did also visit the library but I didn’t take any photographs there it was too tricky.)
We finished in the Abbey church before going out into the gardens. Can you see the cut out animal shapes around the place?
What I especially liked round the back was this sort of Zen garden. From Melk we travelled on to Linz and a day trip to Salzburg which will be what I share next Thursday.