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Admont

At the centre of the village of Admont stands a Benedictine Abbey whose importance once reached far beyond the region. Built in the 11th century and often rebuilt, it burned down in 1865, but the fire spared its priceless collection: with nearly 160,000 volumes, it is said to hold the world’s largest monastic library. The present Rococo interior of the library was designed by Gotthard Heyberger in 1774, the work carried out by Josef Hueber. The large hall holding twostorey cabinets is 72 m (236 ft) long. The ceiling frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte show vast allegorical scenes of the arts, the natural sciences and religion. The abbey’s south wing has been converted into a museum showcasing both historic treasures and modern art.

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