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Wieskirche

Wieskirche
Wieskirche

The Pilgrimage Church of Wies (German: Wieskirche) is an oval rococo church, designed in the late 1740s by Dominikus Zimmermann, who for the last eleven years of his life lived nearby. It is located in the foothills of the Alps, in the municipality of Steingaden in the Weilheim-Schongau district, Bavaria, Germany.

It is said that, in 1738, tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of the Scourged Saviour. This supposed miracle resulted in a pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture. In 1740, a small chapel was built to house the statue but it was soon realized that the building would be too small for the number of pilgrims it attracted, and so Steingaden Abbey decided to commission a separate shrine. Many who have prayed in front of the statue of Jesus on the altar have claimed that people have been miraculously cured of their diseases, which has made this church even more of a pilgrimage site.

Construction took place between 1745 and 1754, and the interior was decorated with frescoes and with stuccowork in the tradition of the Wessobrunner School. "Everything was done throughout the church to make the supernatural visible. Sculpture and murals combined to unleash the divine in visible form".

There is a popular belief that the Bavarian government planned to sell or demolish the rococo masterpiece during the secularization of Bavaria at the beginning of the 19th century, and that only protests from the local farmers saved it from destruction. Available sources, however, document that the responsible state commission clearly advocated the continuation of Wies as a pilgrimage site, even in spite of economic objections from the abbot of Steingaden.

The Wieskirche was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and underwent extensive restoration between 1985 and 1991.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wieskirche ]

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"Wir sind eine Gruppe 23 amerikanischer Mennoniten aus Pennsylvanien und moechten am Gottesdienst um 08.30 am 13.August teilnehmen. Kann jemand bestaetigen, dass tatsaechlich am 13.August Gottesdienst stattfindet? Waeren wir als Mennoniten (Täufer) willkommen?" (posted 08/02/2017)

Hello, the 13th of August is a "completely normal" Sunday and therefore takes place according to website (http://wieskirche.de/gottesdienste.de.html) the witch church of worship at 8:30 h. Welcome are all! But be at the church in time (at the latest 8 o'clock), since the fairs are always very well attended, so that you also all have a place. A nice time here in Bavaria and many greetings, Julia
Answer provided by Julia Schweiger on 08/04/2017
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According to the ordinance, a mass is registered at 8.30 on 13.8.17. They are welcome as Mennonites, although it is a Catholic service in the classical sense.
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