Weekend Mountain Blogging: Wieskirche, Hoher Peißenberg

The Wieskirche is a pilgrimage site in Steingaden, Southern Bavaria. This pile of gilded rococo came into existence through an alleged miracle involving a statue of Christ in chains, which had been used for Good Friday processions by a nearby cloister. One day a countrywoman named Maria Lory,

(presumably the woman in this painting), saw tears in the statue’s eyes. It was a miracle. A chapel was erected but it was not large enough to accommodate the sudden mass of pilgrims who came to pray for more miracles. And so this church was built, a real labor of love for its architect, Dominikus Zimmermann. He loved it so much that he built a house for himself right next to it, and lived out his last years in the shadow of his dream church. (Or, hey, maybe he’d grown fond of the local barmaid and wanted to stick around.)

Some of the rosaries left as prayer offerings.

We skipped the restaurant there and headed to another one atop the only other attraction in the area, the Hoher Peißenberg. More a hill than a mountain, but with very nice panorama views from the Ammersee to the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain).

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2 Responses to Weekend Mountain Blogging: Wieskirche, Hoher Peißenberg

  1. ellroon says:

    You say Southern Bavaria… which is in Germany? Or Austria? Or is it one of those places that thinks it’s a country all by itself even though the maps say different?

  2. Marcellina says:

    Germany. Bavaria is one of the southernmost states of Germany. If you continue south and cross the border into Austria, you are in Tyrol, and these two regions are distinctly different if also related (Tyrol shares more with Bavaria than it does with some of the more eastern Austrian provinces) , as the old Bajuwarians helped to settle and christianize the Tyrolian valleys, after the Romans pulled out.

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