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Maria Kirchental reviews
You can hike/climb up to this church, we went on a wet day so paid a toll to drive up by road. It is well worth a visit - in the middle of the mountains but a beautiful Church and memorable history... more »
In addition to Maria Plain, Maria Kirchental is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in Salzburgerland. Hardly any other place in the world can boast such an impressive unity of nature and culture , history and the present . Salzburgers, Tyroleans, Upper Austrians and Bavarians have been making a pilgrimage to this 900-meter-high Gnadenort at the foot of the Loferer Steinberge for over 300 years . "Mountain crystal among the places of pilgrimage", Bishop Eder called him after the completion of the renovation in September 2001. The miraculous image was created around the year 1400 by an unknown artist of late Gothic for the parish church of St. Martin. The baby Jesus on the arm of the Blessed Mother carries a small bird, a goldfinch , in his left hand. The thistle fin, as the goldfinch is also called, feeds primarily on the seeds of thistles. Albrecht Dürer, the well-known painter of the Middle Ages, also painted a Stieglitzmadonna. With the index finger of his right hand, the baby Jesus points to the bird, as if to say: "Look at the birds of the sky; they do not sow, they do not harvest and do not collect in barns. And yet it feeds your heavenly Father. How much more are you worth than all the birds together? " (Lk 12:24 ff) The miraculous image was brought up in the year 1689 by a farmer named Rupert Schmuck in the remote high valley. He gave him a place in a forest chapel, to which a pilgrimage began very soon and spontaneously. Impressed by the many answers to prayer, which were already witnessed by a large number of votive tablets at that time, the Prince Archbishop of the time, Johannes Graf von Thun, decided to build a pilgrimage church. The planning of the church he transferred to the imperial court architect Fischer von Erlach. Under the direction of master builder Stefan Millinger, born in St. Martin, local craftsmen and assistants completed the "Pinzgauer Dom" in just seven years, from 1694 to 1701.
Very nice and quiet place in the hearth of the mountains, in St. Martin, Austria.
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