Benedictine Abbey of Melk (original title Stift Melk) - an ancient monastery, which is located on the Lower Austrian soil. It should be noted that in the early eleventh century Melk Babenberg was in power (the first princely dynasty in Austria). Some manuscripts from the library of the monastery say that even when Margrave Leopold I Melk was an important stronghold and the town, where could easily accommodate the higher ranks of the church, or travelers.
In 1089, at the monastery of Melk Benedictine monks finally settled, Owned, so it became known as the Benedictine monastery. It should be noted that in its history predstavlenyvy monastery burned several times, even before the ruins. In November 1700 the monastery was almost re-built, but in the Baroque style. Inner architect famous monastery chosen designer Antonio Bedutstsi theaters, in 1736 the construction of the Benedictine monastery was zavershino.
It should be noted that in this age of enlightenment monastery experienced some changes. In the early twentieth century in the Benedictine monastery were built with modern systems of water-supply and sewage systems, as it had electricity. Some of the buildings of the monastery were restored. During the First World War, the monastery had to part with a number of valuable works of art.
In 1989 in the Benedictine monastery specifically for tourists was discovered interesting exhibition. An exhibition of two years, during that time the monastery was visited by 1.1 million people. Today, for tourists here is the necessary infrastructure: a fine restaurant, parking for cars and bicycles at temples, the gardens also hold a variety of excursions.
It should be noted that the monastery at Melk is surprising in its scope, with an area of 17,500 square meters, and the length of the walls Benedictine Monastery is 362 meters. Stepping through the gates of this unique monastery, tourists get is the Middle Ages - in a bright room Benedict, whose image can easily be seen on the walls of this room. Also in this monastery specifically for tourists opened a museum, each room is devoted to specific topics.