In the first half of the day, we visited Hallstatt museum. And then we drove to Admont.
Map of the area:
Why Admont? This is a small town in the Austrian state of Styria and it is best known for its abbey.
Admont Abbey (official site) is the oldest remaining Benedictine monastery in Styria. The abbey is famous for its library, the largest monastic library in the world. After seeing photos of the library and wanted to visit it. Especially after visiting Melk Abbey, where photography inside the museum, library and the church was prohibited.
We parked in Abbey’s free parking (there was plenty of space) and walked towards the entrance.
The exact origin of the name Narcissus is unknown, but it is often linked to a Greek word for intoxicated (narcotic) and the myth of the youth of that name who fell in love with his own reflection.
Regular entrance price does not allow to take photographs inside the library. If you want to shoot inside the library, then it costs an extra 5 euro. Of course, I paid since the main point of getting to Admont was to visit the library.
Popular Middle Ages saying: “As as armory is an essential part of every fortress, so also a library belongs in a religious foundation”.
In front of the manuscript room, you can find the library.
Admont Abbey Library
First books were brought from Salzburg in 1074 (when the Abbey was founded).
Continuing to the Museums
As you can see we started with religious artifacts.
If you take a closer look at the following photo then you will notice that everything is made of parts of modern items. For instance, table legs are parts of a vacuum cleaner. The candle holder on the left is made out of spoons, forks and cheese graders.
Natural History Museum
Overall, the visit to Admont Abbey was very nice and the library… Well, if you are in the area, then definitely check it out.
The whole visit took us about 2.5 hours.
Who was Saint Blaise?
According to legend in Grande Encyclopédie:
Blaise, who had studied philosophy in his youth, was a doctor in Sebaste in Armenia, the city of his birth, who exercised his art with miraculous ability, good-will, and piety. When the bishop of the city died, he was chosen to succeed him, with the acclamation of all the people. His holiness was manifest through many miracles: from all around, people came to him to find cures for their spirit and their body; even wild animals came in herds to receive his blessing. In 316, Agricola, the governor of Cappadocia and of Lesser Armenia, having arrived in Sebastia at the order of the emperor Licinius to kill the Christians, arrested the bishop. As he was being led to jail, a mother set her only son, choking to death of a fish-bone, at his feet, and the child was cured straight away. Regardless, the governor, unable to make Blaise renounce his faith, beat him with a stick, ripped his flesh with iron combs, and beheaded him.
It was well after noon and we were hungry. We tried several restaurants, but they were closed for siesta. Luckily we found a restaurant very close to the Abbey and the food was good. Its name is Stiftskeller Admont.
It was getting late and we still had to drive to our hotel. So we hit the road.
That’s all for today and follow to see where we headed next.
Note: all posts from the trip to Austria can be found at 11 Days in Austria.