Saturday, September 5, 2009

German unesco cards

I'm getting tired of posting today, so this will be the last post. I'll try to post more tomorrow.
This week i've received 8 new unesco cards and 2 of them were from Germany.

This is the Pilgrimage Church of Wies and the card was sent by Gabriela "zimtschnecke".
"The pilgrimage church of Wies is an oval rococo church, designed in the late 1740s by Dominikus Zimmermann, who spent the last eleven years of his life in a nearby dwelling. It is located in the foothills of the Alps, the Steingaden municipality of the Weilheim-Schongau district, Bavaria-
In 1738 tears were seen on a dilapidated wooden figure of the Scourged Saviour. This miracle resulted in a pilgrimage rush to see the sculpture. In 1740 a small chapel was built to house the statue, but it was soon realized that the building would be too small for the number of pilgrims it attracted, and thus Steingaden Abbey decided to commission a separate shrine. Many people who have prayed in front of the statue of Jesus on the altar have claimed that people have been miraculously cured of their diseases, which has made this church even more of a pilgrimage site.
Construction took place between 1745 and 1754, and the interior was decorated in stuccowork in the tradition of the Wessobrunner School. "Everything was done throughout the church to make the supernatural visible. Sculpture and murals combined to unleash the divine in visible form".
A popular myth claims that the Bavarian state had planned to sell or demolish the rococo masterpiece during Secularization at the beginning of the 19th century, and that only protests from the local farmers saved this jewel of rococo architecture from destruction. Available sources however document that the state commission in charge clearly advocated the continuation of Wies as a pilgrimage site, in spite even of economic objections from the Steingaden abbot.
The Wieskirche was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983." - in: wikipedia

Simone "hexentrio" sent me this Taunus card.
The Taunus is a low mountain range in Hesse. The Roman Limes was built acroos the Taunus.
The Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Limes Germanicus) was a remarkable line of frontier forts that bounded the Ancient Roman provinces of Germania Superior and Raetia and divided the Roman Empire and the unsubdued Germanic tribes, from the years 83 to 260.
These frontiers were divided into: the Lower (Northern) Germanic Limes; the Upper Germanic Limes (that crossed the Taunus mountain) and Rhaetian Limes.

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