Melk Abbey Church

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Why the
Melk Abbey Church
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Its church has one of the most dazzling baroque-style interiors in the world.

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Church interior

To some critics, the Melk Abbey Church decor is excessively busy, even for a baroque interior. But there's no denying that the overall effect is utterly striking. Precious frescos as well as paintings, statues, marble embellishments, and an awesome golden altar collectively fill nearly every wall and ceiling space.

Library

The picturesque library houses over 80,000 medieval volumes plus some priceless manuscripts.

Marble Hall

This abundantly marbled room with magnificent ceiling frescos was used for receptions and audiences.

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History in brief

Leopold II gave the sizable castle to the Benedictines in 1089 and it became the Melk Abbey. Over the next five centuries, the monks renovated the complex to suit their needs. From 1702 to 1736, they demolished and completely rebuilt the church into the wonder we see today.

Location

Melk Abbey and its church sit on a rocky promontory overlooking tiny Melk Town and the expansive Danube River Valley. It's 90 minutes by road from Vienna, making it a popular day trip. Danube River cruise boats also stop by.

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