Photo essay: Bavaria’s Wieskirche

The Wieskirche is a UNESCO protected church in the foothills of the German alps, and was built in the mid 18th century by two brothers, J.B. and Dominikus ZImmermann.  The site became a pilgrimage destination to see the Scourged Saviour, a wooden statue that was purported to produce miracles to those who prayed to it.  When the existing chapel that displayed the wooden figure became too small for the pilgrimage rush, the local abbey commissioned the larger church and shrine – and so the Wieskirche was built.

The elaborate Rococo inside of the Wieskirche church.
Wieskirche ceiling detaul
The Wieskirche ceiling.
Elaborately carved pews

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