Friday, July 18, 2014

DE-3263962 & DE-3275953

Mail is getting slow again. The situation got a bit better in June but now the slowness is back. 

DE-3263962, sent by Corinna.
This is a card from Kevelaer, in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is one of the largest places of pilgrimage in north-west Europe and welcomes roughly one million visitors every year. The main attraction is and remains the Gnadenkapelle [Chapel of Grace] which has drawn pilgrims to the Lower Rhine Region from all over the world for more than 360 years. 
The Gnadenkapelle was built in 1654 to protect a sacred image and give it a worthy home. The small but richly decorated hexagonal building was designed after the model of the pilgrimage chapel in Scherpenheuvel in Belgium. The altar inside was consecrated in 1663. The chapel is a little gem of Dutch renaissance. 

DE-3275953, sent by Olaf.
This is the baroque interior of Dresden's Frauenkirche. Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II. The remaining ruins were left as a war memorial, following decisions of local East german leaders. The church was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The reconstruction of its exterior was completed in 2004 and its interior in 2005. - in: wikipedia
The baroque interior with its five semi-circular galleries is of an impressive architectural unity and, at the same time, great beauty. It combines the concept of a centralised structure with that of a clear focus on the pulpit, baptismal font, altar and organ. - in:

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