Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

In the center of the abbey and facing the river is the church. On the south side is the gallery and on the north side is the library. Each is its own separate building but they are all interconnected. The church steeples can be seen for miles up and down the Danube.

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

On the right side (south) is the Art Gallery. As with any home there is always maintenance required even if it’s only washing windows. But on buildings this size even that requires a scaffold.

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

On the north side is the library where we continued our tour before moving into the church. Sorry I was not allowed to take any pictures in the library. It is very interesting and you can see some online at their official website.
http://www.stiftmelk.at/englisch/  note special spelling of “englisch”

Melk Abbey Library

Melk Abbey Library

Below the railing is a courtyard to the church’s front entrance. These first four pictures were taken from the terrace.

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

Inside the church our eyes are drawn upward towards heaven. Because of the size of the buildings surrounding the church it is surprising to see how large the worship space is.

Melk Abbey Church interior

Melk Abbey Church interior height

Looking around at the warm colours of the walls and the gold leaf decoration one gets the feeling that this is definitely a special place.

Melk Abbey Church width

Melk Abbey Church width

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

At the front of the church is an ornate altar. In front of it and below the central dome is a more informal altar and worship space.

Melk Abbey Church alter

Melk Abbey Church alter

Above the altar is a large crown and cross.

Melk Abbey Church above alter

Melk Abbey Church above alter

To the left of the altar is another wonderful sculpture covered in gold leaf.

Melk Abbey Church left of alter

Melk Abbey Church left of alter

The left side altar in the transept contains the skeleton of St. Coloman in a sarcophagus. The altar to the right is dedicated to St. Benedict but the sarcophagus is empty..

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church organ pipes

Melk Abbey Church organ pipes

If you do not turn around and look above the entrance you might miss the pipe organ.

Melk Abbey Church smaller pipes

Melk Abbey Church smaller pipes

And while your head is tilted back follow the lines at the top of the wall to the wonderful paintings on the ceiling.

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church ceiling

Melk Abbey Church ceiling

Follow the line of the ceiling across to the central dome.

Melk Abbey Church dome

Melk Abbey Church dome

And on towards the altar at the front of the church.

Melk Abbey Church

Melk Abbey Church

Now that I have you looking up, where would you like to go today?

 

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