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20 of the most beautiful libraries in the world

By: Melissa Breyer on Nov. 15, 2017, noon
Library of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Mang

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Library of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Mang, Germany

Dating back to the ninth century, the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Mang was a monastery. It was converted into a Baroque-style church in the early 1700s due to the Counter-Reformation movement that saw many Catholic churches convert to Protestantism throughout Europe. The library's original collection of books and manuscripts was removed in the early 1800s after the princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein took control of the abbey following the Napoleonic wars. Those books and manuscripts are now housed at the University of Augsburg.