Hello all

Somehow, writing about Advent yesterday has put me into the Christmas mood today! In fact, I met a friend for lunch this morning at our local department store and afterwards, I bought some beautiful Christmas cards as well as the wrapping paper with special colour scheme for the gifts under my tree.

Oh, it’s all happening folks.

And as Geoff continues his recovery – albeit slowly – all is looking so much better for Christmas! And in the spirit of the season, I played a Christmas Special I recorded from TV last week. So, as I write, Andre Rieu (are you getting sick of me writing about Andre yet??) is playing his violin with his orchestra in Maastricht in a stable surrounded by candles. Now I’m really in the mood.

Mind you, Andre looks a good ten years or more younger here so the recording must be old … but the collection of hymns and carols is wonderful and timeless really.

I had not planned to write on my blog today … mainly because this afternoon I have begun polishing my furniture and doing some in-depth cleaning ready to host Christmas at our house this year. However, this picture of Admont Abbey a Benedictine monastery in Austria, appeared on my Facebook feed earlier and I simply had to share it!

Besides, I believe it is in the spirit of Christmas because it reminds me of spiritual things as well as the Sistine Chapel. I plan to share a lot of Chrismassy posts before the big day itself … so watch for them in the coming weeks.

And here is some very interesting information about the monastery. This is a ‘must-see’ place in Europe … I hope I get to see it one day.

This kind of beauty, dear friends, MUST be shared, so I present to you:

Admont Abbey

admont-abbey-monastery-library-austria-1“Admont Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located on the Enns River in the town of Admont, Austria. It is the oldest remaining monastery in Styria and contains the largest monastic library in the world.

The abbey is known for its Baroque architecture, art, and manuscripts. [Source] It was built by the Graz Master Builder Josef Hueber (1715-1787).

The library is divided into three sections and has an overall length of 70 m (230 ft), a width of 14 m (46 ft) and 11 m (36 ft) in height (12.7 m in the central cupola).

Adorning the ceilings are seven frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte who was 80-years-old at the time and completed the frescoes over the summer months of 1775 and 1776. [Source]

The sculptures in the library were made by master Baroque sculptor Josef Stammel. Particularly famous is The Four Last Things, a group of four oversized presentations of Death, the Last Judgement, Heaven and Hell.

Lastly, the library collection comprises some 200,000 volumes. The most valuable treasures are the more than 1,400 manuscripts (the earliest from the 8th century) and the 530 incunabula (early printed books before 1500).

A visual treat for lovers of art, architecture, history and books, the Admont Abbey’s library & museum is open from March 24 – Dec. 31 daily from 10 am to 5 pm. 

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The ceiling is amazing!

The ceiling is amazing!