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Rochus Chapel (Rochuskapelle)

Rochus Chapel (Rochuskapelle)
Rochus Chapel (Rochuskapelle)

The Rochuskapelle is a German pilgrimage chapel to Saint Roch on the Rochusberg southeast of Bingen am Rhein.

The first building, dating to the plague year of 1666, was destroyed in 1795 during the French occupation of the Rhine valley. The second was built 1814 in the wake of a typhoid fever epidemic brought back by soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, with Goethe describing its dedication ceremony. Its flèche was hit by lightening in 1889 and the chapel burned down to the brickwork.

The present building, built in 1893-95, has Neo Gothic designs by the Freiburg master builder Max Meckel and the Berlin stone-cutters Zeidler & Wimmel. At this time a small Bethlehemskapelle was built under the main chapel's east window, recalling an earlier chapel of that name on the site from the Crusader era. Parts of the earlier chapels' art collections survive, but the only thing to survive the fire entirely was the Baroque statue of the patron saint at the high altar.

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Address: Rochusweg, Bingen am Rhein 55411
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"What are the opening times for the Rochuskapelle?" (posted 09/04/2017)

On a hill south-east of Bingen, the St. Rochus pilgrimage church was built in neo-gothic style in 1895. Their history goes far beyond this date. After the plague had killed many dead people in 1666, members of the city council of Bingen commended a chapel to the patron saint of the plague sufferers, Saint Rochus, and to organize a procession there every year. After the church was destroyed in 1795, they were rebuilt in 1814. The festivities of the church consecration were described by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who stayed among the guests and also donated an altar depicting the saint on a journey. From this time, the Rochuskapelle became a place of worship of Hildegard von Bingen, which gained importance in the 19th century. After the dissolution of the Eibinger monastery, the interior of the former monastery church and the reliquary treasure of the Rochusberg were reached. At Hildegard's 700th anniversary of the death of 1879, the new Hildegardisfest introduced more than 8,000 people into the chapel. In 1889, the pilgrimage church burnt down as a result of lightning; also parts of the establishment from Eibingen became a victim of the flames. The church was built between 1891 and 1895 according to plans by the diocesan architect Max Meckel. Two auxiliary altars of the church were again dedicated to Hildegard and Rupert: the Hildegard altar by Jakob Busch shows scenes from the life of the saints in eight sculptural reliefs. In the base of the altar are the relics of Hildegard rescued from the fire. Contact Tourist-Information Bingen Rheinkai 21 55411 Bingen am Rhein Tel: 06721-184205 or 184206 Opening hours The church is open only to the church services Mfg Dietmar Marckert
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