The 12 Days of a Jane Austen Christmas – Day 9 — 46 Comments

    • Melk Abbey is lovely! It is still a monastery, but the church and museum are open to the public, as well as the Imperial quarters, which can be seen on some of the tours. The abbey was founded in 1089, but the current, Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Some highlights: the gold trimming the frescoes in the abbey church is gold-plated, not just gold leaf. There are multiple reiics in the church and the museum (as was very common in the Middle Ages…see Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters) and two of those in the church are glass reliquaries with dead people visible in them (mummified by years in the church crypt before becoming “small saints” in the church. Yeah, I know, I’m kind of gruesome…the tour guide didn’t tell us about them, but I saw them. πŸ™‚

  1. There is no better story combination than
    Christmas and Jane Austen characters.
    Thank you for the little holiday treat.
    Happy Christmas and New Year!

  2. Absolutely lovely. The story itself was a delight, and the pictures made it so real. What a beautiful place to visit. Even though we guessed the ending, it was still absolutely wonderful. One of the best of the Christmas stories. Very well done!

  3. That was delightful! The pictures of the Abbey in Melk were too. Thank you so much for the giveaway too!
    Merry Christmas!

  4. That was sweet. How nice the Darcys are expecting. Who knows, with her morning sickness they may stay in Austria longer than planned. Thanks, Jen Red

  5. What a delightful story! With no room in the inn and sleeping above a stable, of course Elizabeth will be expecting!!

    Thank you for a lovely vignette! It was a wonderful way to start the day.

    Crossing my fingers for those delightful cards! πŸ˜‰

    Wishing all a joyous Christmastide,
    Susanne πŸ™‚

  6. In this busy season I am just now getting to read some of these snippets. That was lovely and the photos of the Abbey just beautiful Tourists there are fortunate to have such history to view. Thank you for this little tale. Happy New Year.

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