Things to see and do - Lambach
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Abbey : Michelin's recommendations
In 1056, Adalbero, both Count of Lambach and Bishop of Würzburg, decided to convert Lambach Castle into a prestigious Benedictine Abbey*. It is thanks to him that visitors can see the abbey church Romanesque frescoes**, which owe more to the Byzantine style than to Western Europe and are the only ones of their kind in Austria. Among the numerous images, of which many depict scenes from Herod's life, the Virgin Mary holding Infant Jesus accompanied by two Midwives stands out in the central dome. To the left, the Three Wise Men bring their gifts. In the 17C, the old abbey church was transformed to suit the Baroque fashion, as was often the case in Austria at that time. The Romanesque west transept was used to support the extra load of the new taller towers and the walls were doubled in thickness, thus covering and consequently saving the frescoes, which remained hidden for more than two centuries until they were uncovered in 1967. The abbey, whose west front opens via a richly-decorated doorway, also includes a library with frescoes by Melchior Seidl and a well-proportioned refectory with outstanding stuccowork by Diego Francesco Carlone and frescoes by Wolfgang Andreas Heindl. The covered walk on the floor above also boasts some fine stuccowork. Finally, the Small Theatre* (Kleines Theater), filled with history, and the only surviving abbey theatre in Austria, is worth seeing.
- Address : Klosterplatz 1 A - 4650 Lambach4650Lambach
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