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Loretto Chapel, Konstanz: 1 reviews and 5 photos
I almost missed this beautiful place. On the way back from Konstanz-Staad (where I gave up on visiting Meersburg due to lack of time) I got off the bus and decided to visit this chapel. Of course a thunderstorm with heavy rain caught me right on top of the hill. But I was on pilgrimage, so what bad could happen ...? LOL
Anyway, the complex of chapel, open wooden praying house, vicarage, cross column and fountain is absolutely picturesque. Even in the rain. The chapel was consegrated 1638 resulting from a vow that the people of Konstanz did in 1632 when they feared the city would be besieged by Swedish troops (as it happened from 1633 on). The Miraculous statue of St. Mary in the chapel dates from Gothic times, though, was brought here after the chapel was completed.
The chapel is always open. Feel free to go inside and watch the (very) small room. The interior is modelled after the original Loreto chapel in Ancona/Italy - altar, crucifixion group and frescos. The vaulted ceiling is blue, just like the sky.
Quite interesting for me was that there is a wooden open praying hall where the pilgrims use to follow the mass that is celebrated in front of the open altar on the western side of the chapel - unfortunately the doors to this altar are only open during mass.
Address: Lorettosteig, 78464 Konstanz
Directions: Staaderberg, Konstanz-Allmannsdorf, Bus #1 or 15 to "An der Steig", from there walk up either "An der Steig" street or Obersteigle street. The chapel is on top of the hill.
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