|Written by Renee
Today, we woke up and left the apartment hotel and drove all the way to Salzburg. The name of this city means the salt city. It has a river that goes through it and they call it salzace which mean the salt sea. The trip took 4 hours. When we got there, we hung around at the hotel. They call it a gusthus (Guesthouse). We ate Austrian food at the restaurant and went to bed.
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The Melk Abbey (Benedictine Abbey in Lower Austria)
Melk is a masterpiece of the so typically Austrian period of art - the Baroque. The great strength of the architect Jakob Prandtauer was his ability to so suit a work of art to its natural surroundings that the creation and its environment, art and nature, convey an impression of unity to the observer, one might even say, become one. In addition, in Melk the sacred elements are emphasized: Contrary to other Baroque monasteries, the church clearly dominates the entire building.
A visitor sees the monastery primarily in its function as a museum, but new life still flows in its old veins. Monks of St. Benedict have lived and worked here for over 900 years. The monastery has two duties that have developed in the course of history: on the one hand, education, on the other, parish duties. The monastery began its parish duties when the founders of the monastery gave the monks property to ensure their financial survival.
These properties came with the task of both bringing and maintaining Christianity and culture. Because of this, a large number of the monks live outside of the monastery, often in areas that are quite far away.
In the monastery itself the monks run a public secondary school with classic and new language diplomas, as well as, since 1979, a branch of the school that concentrates on areas other than languages. The school currently has 33 classes with a total of approximately 880 pupils (boys and girls). In addition to the secondary school there is also a boarding school, with ca. 20 pupils (1998). The monastery sees the religious and intellectual formation of its pupils as an important spiritual duty. These historical duties have been supplemented by others in recent years: retreats, spiritual exercises, orientation days, youth vespers and youth weeks. The monastery's income from agriculture and tourism is completely used to fulfill these duties and to finance the costly and difficult maintenance of the building.
The appearance of the monastery creates an atmosphere of beauty and spaciousness, which not only pleases the eye of the visitor and gives witness to the faith of our forefathers, but which also substantially influences the work done in the house in a positive way. There is no need to worry about how to revitalize the monastery of Melk, as it has remained continuously vital for over nine centuries.