When I first arrived in Heidelberg, to study, I learned
the university was founded in 1386. Students were already
studying in Latin at this university before Columbus
discovered America in 1492. Imagine how old!
During our August trip to Vienna, we traveled north of the city
to visit and tour the Klosterneuburg Monastery founded
in 1114 by Leopold III who later became the patron saint of Austria.
We traversed ancient stone corridors. Two pipe organs sounded
hauntingly beautiful melodies. Imagine the rich history!
The Verduner Altar, made in 1181 by Nicholas of Verdun has
three parts containing 45 gilded copper plates similar to the Shrine
of the Three Kings at the Cologne Cathedral. Leopold also endowed
the Monastery with vineyards, Austria’s oldest existing vineyards.
Overlooking the Danube River, this Augustinian monastery houses
a museum, library, art gallery and the wine cellar. We left prayers
for loved ones and were awed at the architecture and history.