Higher Learn­ing

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Heaven on Earth - WORDS: MIA BOR­ROMEO

Restored to its full splen­dour, the Monas­tic Li­brary within the hal­lowed halls of the Baroque Melk Abbey in Aus­tria is a sight to be­hold. Read­ing was a holy pur­suit for the Abbey’s Bene­dic­tine monks through the cen­turies. Here, un­der a mag­nif­i­cent ceil­ing fresco by Paul Trog­ger, de­pict­ing the al­le­gory of faith, the monks spent their days por­ing over books on the­ol­ogy, ju­rispru­dence, as­tron­omy, ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory, and other sub­jects. To­day, vis­i­tors to Melk Abbey can walk through the ex­quis­ite wood-pan­elled li­brary and view the col­lec­tion com­pris­ing around 100,000 vol­umes of price­less books and works in­clud­ing me­dieval manuscript­s and nu­mer­ous edi­tions of the Bible that line the li­brary shelves.

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