Admont Abbey is the oldest monastery in Styria and also holds the world’s biggest abbey library. Besides being a source for knowledge that has been handed down through centuries, the library is a masterpiece of the baroque period itself with its extraordinary architecture, frescoes, sculptures, manuscripts and printed works. Completed in 1776, the library holds 70,000 volumes while the abbey in total owns nearly 200,000 books. Among them are very valuable manuscripts, with some even dating back to the 8th century AD and the so-called ‘incunabula’ – books that were printed before 1500. Guided tours through the library are offered daily and this year it additionally hosts the special exhibition LOVE TO BITS.
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