Mondsee Travel Blog› entry 8 of 16 › view all entries
Mondsee is a pretty small town, very picturesque, and is where they filmed the wedding scene of the Sound of Music.
The church is supposed to be at Nonnberg, but I think it was too small and they couldn't get all the lights and cameras, etc, in the right places. The Basilica in Mondsee is beautiful, a lovely yellow colour and the inside is so impressive. Mum was particularly pleased to see it again as the previous year there had been scaffolding all over the inside of the church, and you couldn't see much of it properly.
Unfortunately, it was still tipping it down with rain (the guy on our tour who was just wearing a t-shirt was REALLY moaning by this point), and pretty much everyone scuttled straight into the church straight away.
The baroque church itself (officially called the Hl. Michael Basilica [St Michael]) is stunning...the altar (designed by Guggenbichler) had an old skeleton on it, dressed in religious robes, and holding a staff. I understand it's St Konrad/ Abbott Konrad the II's actual remains; he was the Abbot of Mondsee from 1127 - 1145, and his body was placed on the high altar 600 years after he was murdered. I've actually only just found this out by Googling 'Mondsee altar skeleton'!
After touring round the church and buying a little triptych for Mark's Granny (she's really into religious icons and artefacts), we went into a lovely candle shop next to the cathedral which had everything from fruit shaped candles to Bible shaped and Virgin Mary shaped (see photo!) After making a couple of purchases (not Mary!) we went to a fabulous bakery/ coffee house/ patisserie on the main street on Mondsee and had a lovely hot chocolate and a cheese and ham toasted sandwich to keep us going.
Anyway...we were back on the bus, and as we drove back to