The marble floor is already an optical illusion and an enigma in itself, but the monastery library has so much more to offer – for example secret passages! However, the library’s real protagonists are, of course, its 70,000 antiquarian books. Some of them are painted in white in order to make the space look even lighter. Most of the books are about theological literature or profane sciences, although many editions of the Bible can also be found. And, if all this wasn’t enough, the collection of manuscripts will provide you with one or two aha-experiences.
The books are housed in an architectural masterpiece. Standing in front of it will make you feel both tiny and awestruck; the only sound that will cross your lips will be a silent whisper. The room was designed by the architect Josef Hueber and is inspired by the Imperial Court Library in Vienna. When it comes to brightness and a sense of space, however, he created something unprecedented. The seven frescoes were painted by Bartolomeo Altomonte and the room was decorated by the court artist Josef Stammel. His sculptures ‘Four Last Things’ examine death, resurrection, heaven and hell, and all merit special attention.