|Copyright: Kristof Szekely (szekelykristof)
|Date Taken: 2001-11-01|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-05-30 1:25|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Calm environment in a nice Austrian town, Melk. All Saints' Day, 2001.|
Melk (older spelling: Mölk) is a city of Austria, in the federal state of Lower Austria, next to the Wachau valley along the Danube. Melk has a population of 5,222 (as of 2001). The area around Melk was given to Margrave Leopold I in the year 976 to serve as a buffer between the Turks and Huns to east and Bavaria to the west. In 996 mention was first made of an area known as Ostarichi - which is recognized as the origin of the word Oesterreich (German for Austria). The bluff which holds the current monastery held a Babenberger castle until the site was given to Benedictine monks from nearby Lambach by Margrave Leopold II in 1089. Melk received market rights in 1227 and became a municipality in 1898. In a very small area Melk presents a great deal of architectural variety from many centuries.
Melk is perhaps best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Stift Melk. Just outside the city limits is a renaissance castle named Schallaburg.
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