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Melk Abbey Staircase, Melk, Austria

21 Mar

 

 

You may recognize this mazelike Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube River as inspiration for Umberto Eco’s popular novel The Name of the Rose.

 

It’s full of architectural flourishes like this Rococo-style spiral staircase—best viewed from underneath to catch a glimpse of the pink-and-gold painted underside.

 

While the staircase leads to other rooms of the library, they aren’t open to the public.

 

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Beauty

 

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