Wies Church (a.k.a Pilgrimage Church of Wies or Wieskirche) is a building of spiritual and artistic richness located in Steingaden, Germany. It is situated in a secluded area – the foothills of the Alps. The horses and cows that inhabit the pasture outside the church prove how isolated the location is.
|Wies Church. The people walking towards it belong to the same group we joined in a tour organized |
by Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany.
Miracles, from many points of view, took place here. It was said that in 1738, tears were seen on the deacaying wooden statue of the “Scourged Savior”. This assumed miracle invited a pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture, which was later on placed in a small chapel. The Steingaden Abbey then decided to commission a separate shrine because the chapel was too small for the large number of pilgrims drawn. Many pilgrims claimed that they were miraculously healed after praying in front of the statue on the altar. This made the church even more popular.
Wies Church was constructed between 1745 and 1754. This famous gem of Baroque architecture designed by Dominikus Zimmermann was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983 and was restored between 1985 and 1991.
|Weiss Church altar|
|Wies organ and its loft at the rear interior|
|Nothing I haven't tasted before, but I must say the donuts are really good.|