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Germany - Gößweinstein, Basilica of the Holy Trinity

It is said that already in 1071 a chapel have stood on the place of the present basilica. In 1240 the chapel was converted into a spacious church dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The earliest official mention of a church in Gößweinstein however can be found in 1308 in the will of Gottfried von Schlüsselberg. The Schlüsselberg family is considered to be the founder of the first church, which became a pilgrimage church. The medieval church – although expanded several times - was soon unable to cope with the many pilgrims.

A new and much bigger church was built (1730 – 1739) during the reign of Prince-Bishop Friedrich Carl von Schönborn of Bamberg by the famous architect and builder Balthasar Neumann. He designed the floor plan, a Latin cross, and created what has come to be considered a baroque masterpiece. The magnificent art depicting biblical stories on the walls and ceiling inside the church was not complete until 1768 and it is quite breathtaking. There are also several highly decorated altars around the church.

The basilica is one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Germany. Especially in the spring and fall of each year, thousands of religious pilgrims come to the basilica to pray before the Gnadenbild, the basilica’s Statue of Mercy. The church was elevated to a Basilica minor in 1948 by Pope Pius XII.
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Ulrich John said:

Schön gezeigt, Jaap ! Guten Morgen !
7 months ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

What a beautiful interior and I love the overview shot!
HFF and I wish you a good weekend.
7 months ago

Annemarie said:

wonderful..... HFF
Happy weekend:)
7 months ago ( translate )

Beatrice Degan(MARS) said:

Such an imposing and glorious Basilica with its magnificent baroque interiors, Jaap !
Thank you very much for the very interesting information !
HFF and enjoy your weekend at the best !
7 months ago

Joe, Son of the Rock said:

I love the way the camera angle emphasizes the height of these magnificent twin towers, Jaap. HFF and a fantastic weekend to you. Cheers, Joe
7 months ago

Madeleine Defawes said:

Very beautiful pictures of the interior of the Church !
Have a nice weekend
7 months ago

Claudia G said:

Bel édifice, merci pour cette série de PiPs qui nous fait découvrir l'intérieur !
7 months ago ( translate )

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

magnifique église avec ses sculptures***********************
belle fin de semaine mon ami ! Amitiés♫
7 months ago ( translate )

Diana Australis said:

What a lovely contemplation fir Friday evening, Jaap......
HFF and happy weekend!
7 months ago

Nora Caracci VERY BU… said:

beautiful architecture superbly taken !
thanks for the notes and the PiPs !
7 months ago

Nora Caracci VERY BU… replied to Nora Caracci VERY BU…:

and HFF !
7 months ago

Hansruedi Voegele said:

Sehr schön ,und sehr interessante Erläuterung!
Tolle PIP
7 months ago ( translate )

J.Garcia said:

Wonderful overview
And the interior details are of an enormous beauty of a contained Baroque

Thanks for sharing and also for very interesting informative notes
7 months ago

Marie-claire Gallet said:

A marvelous architecture !! Thank you for the info and for sharing this beauty with us, Jaap ! Have a nice week-end !
7 months ago

Walter 7.8.1956 said:

Sehr schöne Bilder Jaap!
7 months ago ( translate )