Friday, October 16, 2015


Melk is a very small town, maybe 5,000 inhabitants. Its claim to fame is the Great Benedictine Abbey of Melk. Founded in 1718 (if I can read Roman Numerals correctly), at one time there were at least 900 monks in residence, either as students, teachers, or parish priests for surrounding villages. Today, there are only 30, not all of whom live there all the time. Some reside in nearby towns and only go 'home' for meetings and lectures.

In the abbey museum, we found models showing what the place looked like soon after construction was complete, and another showing it as it is now. An impressive and very interesting place.

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