Today a dear friend of mine took me to see the Mt. Angel Abbey. I had never been there or even heard of it before. In 1882 a small group of Benedictine monks arrived in Oregon to found an abbey similar to the one they had left behind high in the Alpine village of Engelberg, Switzerland. Five years later they founded Mount Angel College, and shortly thereafter, they founded a seminary, whose priest alumni have since served millions of Catholics. They also established the Benedictine Press (no longer in existence) and a library, which has grown into one of the most significant theological libraries in the Pacific Northwest. The grounds were so peaceful and natural, and it was such a beautiful day to stroll through the grounds and the abbey church. Of course, I took photographs.
I loved the statues around the garden and this unique tree as I looked up to the branches.
The tall bell tower has 8 cast bronze bells to call the monks to prayer. Each bell is named after a saint, and the largest weighs more than 4 tons! They are the largest free swinging bells on the West coat.
Lots of bricks went in to making the buildings.
This Martin Ott pipe organ in the choir loft has 2,478 pipes!
This is the seating area for the monks.
A unique feature of decoration inside.
Lots of tiny tiles create the floor.
Everything there was so calm, quiet and peaceful.
I had such a wonderful time there!