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).