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Waldsassen Abbey is the Fairy Tale Library You Need to Visit

From the outside, you might not guess that this humble nunnery nestled in Bavaria, Germany houses one of the most beautiful libraries you’ve ever seen!

 

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The abbey was originally founded all the way back in 1147, but in the nineteenth century it was bought out and converted into a cotton factory. However, in 1863 a group of Cistercian nuns bought it back and began restoring the Abbey to its former glory.

 

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The library was built in 1724-6. Karl Stilp, a local sculptor from the 18th century, created the intricate linden wood carvings that adorn the walls and banisters. The library also features an absolutely stunning painted ceiling with ornamental plaster work made by Karl Hofreiter.

 

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The columns supporting the upper-level balustrade were carved in the shape of allegorical figures emanated to represent vanity, ignorance, and boastfulness among others.

 


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The library is home to thousands of rare and antique books, some bound in pigskin and calfskin.

 

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The history and beauty of Waldsassen Library makes it a fascinating place for book lovers everywhere. Looks like it’s time to book a ticket to Germany to take a tour!

 

 

 

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