Do you know what heaven looks like to self-confessed bibliophile like me? You don’t? Do you see the image? Yes, that’s right. That’s heaven!
This world’s largest monastery library in the world can be found in Admont Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery in Admont, Austria. It was built by Joseph Hueber (1715-1787) in 1776. Its design and architecture express the ideas of Enlightment: “as with the mind, light should also fill the room”. (I guess that explains the 48 windows there, tehee. Just kidding.)
This library is famous not only because it houses 200,000 volumes of books, but also of its baroque art and sculptures. You could say art, history and literature meet and mingle in this awesome library.
I could have stiff neck admiring those ceilings for hours, seriously. Those divine frescoes were created by 80-year old Bartolomeo Antemonte portraying the spirit of Enlightment as well. It shows the steps of man’s thinking from the sciences to Divine Revelation.
Sculptor Josef Stummel (1695-1765) added intricate carvings in the library too– ‘The Four Last Things’—a lifesize presentations of Death, The Last Judgment, Heaven and Hell, being the well-known sculpture.
And finally, check out those tons of books!
I could stay there all day long and read those goodies. A supply of coffee wouldn’t hurt too. Sigh. Now leave me be and let me enjoy this little piece of Heaven on Earth.