This is an image taken of a brochure about the church in Oberammergau.
I took a photo so I could see what it looked like in summer as compared to what it was like during the snowy time we were there in December!
What a contrast!
The church is on a rather narrow building-crowded street and no photo angle could give me the whole thing --- which is why I suppose they took this photo from the air.
I just love old churches ---this one, the Catholic parish of St Peter and Paul…looks pretty unassuming on the outside, but the baroque and rococco style art found on the inside took my breath away.
I found the church by winding my way down twisted streets and following the sound of the ringing church bells – a sound I came to love during my time in Germany. It’s very easy to mark your day by the sound of bells going off on the hour, or at certain times of the day. Such a wondrous timeless sound!
I found myself at steps leading up to a gate ---the church surrounded by graves ancient and new.
There is a hushed reverence in a place like this ---graves blanketed by beautiful white snow.
I am touched by how grave yards in different countries all over the world are different – yet the same.
What a beautiful contrast – that blue sky and sunshine against the cold glistening whiteness of the snow!
The inside of the church took my breath away ---
((Not only because it was FREEZING inside!!))
Construction of this beautiful building began in 1735 and was consecrated in the year 1749. Building such a place in those times was no small feat!
There are computer terminals where you can read the history of the church.
I found a link to a PDF copy so you can read about it HERE.
And I know it’s kind of morbid of me –but I am intrigued by old churches that keep “reliquaries” in full view.
According to wikki:
A reliquary (also referred to as a shrine or by the French term châsse) is a container for relics. These may be the physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures. The authenticity of any given relic is often a matter of debate; for that reason, some churches require documentation of the relic's provenance.
I have searched and searched for an ENGLISH version of who this saint is –perhaps a well-loved bishop or other person, but he is plainly visible within the shrine above. Who was he? What was he sainted or enshrined for? I want to know!
If anyone can translate the German for me, please leave your translation in the comments section below so we ALL can be in the know!
Is he Amadeus Eyrl?
Sorry about the reflection in the glass...it was just a bad framed xerox copy hanging on the wall...and curiosity has gotten the better of me!
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|Church of St Peter & Paul, Oberammergau 2013|