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As you know, I love spiral staircases, so I was looking forward to seing this one from the Melk Abbey.

Yesterday I had wonderful trip on Lower Austria. I bought a kombi ticket and went firt from Vienna to Melk (train), visited Melk Abbey, then a cruise in Wachau on Danube from Melk to Krems, visiting Krems (lovely small town), and back to Vienna (train). It was rather expensive, but the weather was splendid and Melk was my main goal in going to Vienna. And in the evening I saw also THREE masterpieces by Hundertwasser. I also waited (again!) for blued hour near Karls Kirche but I felt sleepy and went to the hostel before.

Melk Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine abbey in Austria, and among the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. The abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty.

Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey church with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts, including a famed collection of musical manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger.

Due to its fame and academic stature, Melk managed to escape dissolution under Emperor Joseph II when many other Austrian abbeys were seized and dissolved between 1780 and 1790. The abbey managed to survive other threats to its existence during the Napoleonic Wars, and also in the period following the Nazi Anschluss that took control of Austria in 1938, when the school and a large part of the abbey were confiscated by the state.

This is view upstairs. The view downstairs is in Workshop.

As you can see, I am very busy every day, not loosing time for eating, I hope my Body Mass Index improved :)))

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