The Benedictine Sorø Abbey was founded in 1142 by one of the most powerful nobles in Zealand, Denmark. When he died, his son, the powerful warrior bishop Absalon took over and placed Cistercian monks, a reforming group trying to return to the original teachings of St. Benedict, in the Abbey. It was about the same time that the Sorø Academy was founded. The Academy stayed in use as an educational institution from it’s creation to the present day. It is now a day and boarding school with about 630 students of both genders, 140 of which are boarders. On our trip around Zealand, my manuscript summer course classmates and I were given a great tour of the Abbey and the Academy. My favorite part was the Academy’s library, which would induce a swooning spell in any true bibliophile. Floor to ceiling shelves full of beautiful old books, wood floors, sliding ladders, and the pervasive smell of old, old books. We wandered around pulling anything off the shelves that caught our eyes. I opened fragile books printed in the 1700’s! Ohhh. It was fabulous.
[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. I’m currently on exchange in Copenhagen from the University of Iceland. If you want to see more of my film photography from Denmark, follow the blog on wordpress and/or facebook and click here for the rest of the posts in the “Denmark” category.]