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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jemaflor (102247) 2014-05-22 23:53
Impressive spirale, good depth and light management, good idea for an original shot, good sharpness too.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-05-23 0:00
Une spirale impressionnante et un beau décor pour cet escalier.
Fis2 (105140) 2014-05-23 0:21
Fajna spirala do nieba...
Ciekawie sie idzie takimi schodami.
Fajny kadr i super kolorki.
Bedzie Budapeszt :)
lousat (96732) 2014-05-23 1:31
Hi Malgo,i like a lot this kind of pics and your is one of the most rich and beautiful,spectacular staircase caught in a great exposure of the difficult light and very bright colors too.You're always in tour...hehe...i wish to have your time to made the same...eehe....have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano
snunney (105503) 2014-05-23 2:10
Splendid point of view on this beautifully decorated spiral staircase that is certainly out of the ordinary. Very good light management in rather difficult circumstances. Lovely warm colours and superb detail. Difficult to keep up with you on this whistle-stop tour of Europe:-)
shreya2000 (2769) 2014-05-23 3:06
Very well taken pic showing the spiral architecture. Colours and very nice.
federico (4407) 2014-05-23 3:50
hi malgorazta wonderfull architectural photo, great details in a difficult light, interesting subject
serp2000 (45536) 2014-05-23 4:34
I think everyone loves spiral staircases like you. ;)
Excellent photo of the funnel, perfect DoF!
I did not visit this land of Austria. Do you have plans to visit Styria or Karintia?
All the best wishes,
photoray (13981) 2014-05-23 7:09
Beautiful ornate spiral with exquisite art detail on every inch. It reminds me of Nature's spiral, the Nautilus, one of my favorites.
Obviously more to see here including the Danube and Wachau Valley.
And thanks for the informative historical background. I have a degree in History and was suppose to become a high school teacher.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: Ironically I watched Rick Steve's tv travel program on Southern Spain the day after your Ronda posting. Made for a nice connection of a Trekie with travel information.
adramad (48980) 2014-05-23 7:23
You are tireless, you movin in your travels, I admire you.
Sensational this beautiful spiral staircase, which we now show, from Vienna, celebrate your journey through Andalucia has been satisfactory.
A perfect colorful in these very natural tones.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Enjoy a good weekend, my friend.
tenretin (2657) 2014-05-23 10:36
I love your shot. This is well done with excellent image quality. The composition and perspective are very good.
Noel_Byrne (33424) 2014-05-23 11:07
What a cool view, and what incredible detail in the staircase too! A baroque abbey is not something I have ever seen here in Ireland, as most of our abbies are ruined, so its a real pleasure to see this amazing detail and beautiful color. I love this view, and the way it rises from shadow to light is superb.
Thanks as always
saxo042 (37966) 2014-05-23 11:11
I really agree with you, spiral staircases are very good motives! This is indeed a very good picture with interesting details apart from the spiral itself. Fine colours and an interesting note.
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-23 11:29
Jestem pod wrażeniem tej sceny! Przepiękny temat swietnie pokazany. Jakosc, realizacja światła oraz detale uzupełniają się i tworzą fantastyczna prezentacje.
Graal (103038) 2014-05-23 12:06
niezwykly ten slimak. Swietny temat dobrze uchwycony. Wspaniala robota dawnych artystow. Dobra notka i zdjecie, takze to w WS.
mesutilgim (97184) 2014-05-23 13:08
We both travellede almost at the same time, different parts of this wonderfull country.
This staircase from Melk is really very nice !
Very good layout and light.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
carlo62 (54122) 2014-05-23 14:38
il soggetto della foto ti raffigura molto bene, anche tu, come questa scala, continui a girare per il mondo.
Le due foto sono molto belle e sarei in difficoltà se dovessi scegliere quale delle due è la migliore.
COSTANTINO (68902) 2014-05-23 22:16
impressive capture and excellent presentation
of this beautifully decorated staircase
welldone and wellseen
your notes are really useful
have a nice weekend
batalay (40201) 2014-05-25 8:23
I've known about the beautiful logarithmic spiral created by the Melk Abbey stairs for many years, but still haven't seen it in person. I am happy to see your excellent rendition.
Warm regards dear friend,
PiotrF (22458) 2014-05-26 12:07
Ladnie uchwycona spirala, widok od dołu mz ciekawszy ze wzgledu na zdobienia, ale dzieki takze za pokazanie innej perspektywy.Ciepla kolorystyka, dobry kadr i pewnie masa wspomnien z wyjazdu
janraiski (558) 2014-05-26 12:20
amazing image that shows the interconnection between architecture and nature.
Royaldevon (42533) 2014-05-26 13:24
I like spirals, too, and this, besides having the amazing snail-like spiral, has the most beautiful colours and decorations. Truly a king among staircases!
My warm regards,
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-05-27 22:05
Malgo, hard to choose which one I like the best!! either way they all are beautiful!! the light here is superb!!
kasianowak (10209) 2014-05-28 6:48
Widze, ze przywiozlas z Austrii bardzo piekna kolekcje zdjec spiralnych schodow. :-) To tez bardzo mi sie podoba, bardzo ladne wzorki i gra swiatlocieni.
Pozdrawiam raz jeszcze
Curious_Eye (1320) 2014-05-31 13:24
Imponujacy kadr - piekne kolory, kompozycja, ale przede wszystkim podoba mie sie tu swiatlo. Raj dla oka!
mcmtanyel (27994) 2014-07-02 20:28
Lucky you! You came across an excellent spiral and did a fantastic job with it. One of these days, I'll come across one that is as beautiful as this, I just need to keep my eyes open. The colors and patterns are very pretty.