the exquisite cross reliquary, the finely drawn handwritten books documenting the Benedictine Rule.
The banquet room for imperial travelers who stayed here (and in other monasteries) on their travels was so baroque! Pillars, trompe l’oel paintings that made a flat ceiling look curved, fleshy folks with pink soft skin, angels well-padded and glowing with heavenly health. The balcony (loft really) overlooking this room was the domain of the musicians who provided entertainment from behind a screen wall with 3 circular windows which could be fully open, partially closed, etc., to vary the volume of the music wafting or blasting to the royals below. Even the ceiling for the loft area was
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