"Beautiful pilgrim church Maria Aich" Peißenberg Things to Do Tip by Trekki
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Pilgrim church Maria Aich is located quite a bit off the centre of Peißenberg but definitely well worth a visit. A small chapel was built here during the time of Thirty Year War, to have a place where the locals could find peace and confidence. Soon the word spread that the statue of St. Mary did miracles, and it became a destination for pilgrimage. In 1731 a new, bigger, church was being built, the one of today. Stucco artist Johann Schmuzer from nearby Wessobrunn was responsible for the interior and local painter Matthäus Günther made the frescoes. They are all featuring St. Mary with a big painting of her on a chariot in the centre of the ceiling, surrounded by four archangels who fight against vice, heresy, war and pest, sin, death and devil. According to the description the painting above the altar shows St. Mary with the four continents known at that time: Europe, Africa, Asia and Americas. But it is difficult to see them from the iron bars which close the church from visitors outside of mass time.
Nevertheless, this church is well worth the visit, especially in sunny weather when the colours inside will come to full life. It was a bit cloudy when I was there.
No entrance fee but it would be nice to leave a small donation in the box.
I was there at approximately noon time (on a Wednesday). The church was open, but as mentioned, can be seen only from behind the iron bars. For more photos of the interior please look at the ones of a Flickr user, who was obviously inside and behind the bar.
Location of Maria Aich Church on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., October 2011.
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