Cappella di Santa Barbara, Merano

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The Chapel of St. Barbara (St.-Barbara-Kapelle) is a chapel located in the town of Meran in South Tyrol, northern Italy.
The chapel stands right behind the St. Nicholas' Church, Meran. The layout of the chapel is octagonal. It was built by the architect Hans von Burghausen in 1450, who also designed the Hospital Church.
The chapel served as the burial chapel of the town for many centuries until the cemetery was moved to another location in 1848.
The basement served as the ossuary while the main floor was used for religious ceremonies and prayers. It features a number of wooden pews and a wooden Gothic altar, flanked by two altars from the Baroque period. Outside the entrance has a painting depicting Saint Christopher.
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  • Saint Barbara's Chapel is at the back of the main cathedral, and it's simply wonderful. It's a little chapel with octagonal floor plan, frescoed ceiling and a stunnung altarpiece in wooden...  more »
  • Very ornate yet still spiritual place to sit and reflect on our maker. There was no charge to visit. Deserves a visit  more »
  • Originally the building was intended as a funeral chapel of the cemetery that until 1848 surrounded the main church of the city. The first reports of the cemetery date back to 1335, but only in the 13th century a chapel dedicated to St. Michael was built. The current building dates back to a reconstruction from the 1420s to the 1440s and features a two-storey octagonal structure and a pyramid roof. The upper floor, the one normally open to the public, is accessible through two Gothic portals with six steps and consists of a single room with a vault decorated with ribs. Three altars are kept in it: the altar of the Immaculate with the Bambin Jesus, from 1769 the work of Mathias Pussjager, a Gothic altar at 1400doors from Germany and purchased in 1895 and, finally, the altar dedicated to Santa Barbara dating back to the 1600s and commissioned by the brotherhood of the coopers always at the work of Mathias Pussjager, to which were later added side statues works by Gregor Schwenzengast. The lower floor, originally intended for ossuary, consists of a vaulted room supported by four granite columns.
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  • Very beautiful and worth seeing Gothic chapel. It is usually open and visible.
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