'Stift Melk, the Power of Baroque.'
The monks themselves criticised the unchristian wallowing in architectural exubarance of their new monastery. But it had to be, to impress in face of Protestantism, that even in Melk had the upper hand in those days. Now, centuries later, the monastery is still a must: 300.000 tourists a year visit Austria's largest baroque structure. Photo Paul Smit.