Melk Abbey is a Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk, Lower Austria, Austria, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, 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; the abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the twelfth century, the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection; the monastery's scriptorium was a major site for the production of manuscripts. In the fifteenth century the abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform movement which reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany. Today's Baroque abbey was built between 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer. Noteworthy are the abbey church with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the 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, in the period following the Anschluss in 1938, when the school and a large part of the abbey were confiscated by the state; the school was returned to the abbey after the Second World War and now caters for nearly 900 pupils of both sexes. Since 1625 the abbey has been a member of the Austrian Congregation, now within the Benedictine Confederation. In his novel The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco named one of the protagonists "Adso of Melk" as a tribute to the abbey and its famous library. Among its alumni was the nineteenth-century Austrian dramatist and short-story writer, Friedrich Halm. Melk Abbey is the metaphorical climax of Patrick Leigh Fermor's autobiographical account of his walking tour across pre-WW II Europe in A Time of Gifts, which includes a description of the abbey at that time.
The first fire to impact the Melk Abbey and its invaluable library was in 1297. This left; this fire and famine lead to the “Melk Reform” movement in the early fifteenth century. Most of the manuscripts Melk is famous. During the 1683 Turkish invasion, the Melk Abbey suffered devastation; the abbey that stands today, built in 1702, caught fire in 1974. This second fire marred the ornamented rooms and damaged the interior and its art, leading to its restoration from 1978 to 1995; the nave of the abbey was a part of the restoration. Eight pounds of gold bullion was used to restore the altars; the restoration process focused on the church’s frescoes and brown marble columns. The Marble Hall, a popular guest attraction, was restored during this period; these restoration efforts leave the abbey similar to its 1740 grandeur. In July 2019, Christine Glaßner, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medieval Research, while researching the abbey's archives, discovered a previously-unknown strip of parchment—measuring 22 centimetres by 1.5 centimetres —bearing 60 partial lines of the poem Der Rosendorn.
The parchment, subsequently recycled into the binding of a much book, has been dated to around 1300. Melk Abbey was selected as the main motif of a 10 euro collectors' coin: the Austrian Melk Abbey commemorative coin, minted on April 18, 2007; the obverse shows a view up to the façade of the abbey church and its two side wings from a low level. The twin baroque towers and the great dome of the church behind them can be seen. In the lower right corner the coat-of-arms of the Abbey of Melk can be seen. Official website
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