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Stiftsbibliothek Admont Gesäuse

The Library of Admont Abbey

The Library of Admont Abbey

The Eighth Wonder of the World.

The world's largest monastic library hall can be found in – drumroll – Admont! The Austrian architect Josef Hueber created an authentic masterpiece that, to this day, is considered to be one of the most beautiful library halls in the world. Either way, it is definitely a room that leaves visitors astounded and is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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 Library.

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.

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Winter opening times

November closed due to reconstruction works

December 2 – February 26

Friday 10 am – 12 am

Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
(closed on December 24/25/26 2016)

Christmas holidays

December 27 – January 8 opened daily 10 am – 2 pm

Semester break

February 18 – 26 opened daily 10 am to 2 pm

Closed March 1 – 18

The new season starts on March 19, opened daily 10 am – 5 pm

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