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Maria Himmelfahrt

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Ian C wrote a review Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom23,884 contributions1,189 helpful votes
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The current church is the third one at the site. The original church goes back to 1100, the current building dating from 1656 in baroque style. It is worth visiting the historical museum nearby which has information on archaeological excavations carried out in the church and several historic items on show. The church suffered from fire during wars in the 18th century but was substantially restored and has a relatively restrained rococco interior, along with many sculptures. There are a series of organ performances organised through the year.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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folieske4 wrote a review Nov 2011
Antwerp, Belgium7,294 contributions972 helpful votes
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At the back of the church one can find the very old Kreuzweg Kalvarienberg statues. The present church is already the third one at this site. At the same spot stood 1240 a Romanesque chapel which was damaged by fire. The oldest part is the 1100 Tower Foundation which served as an escape- and defence tower. After the 30-year-old war was the Baroque Basilica in 1656 newly built (Constantin Bader): the Romanesque nave was demolished, a tympanum preserved: depicting the “flight of the Holy family to Egypt” (it is the oldest monument of Deggendorf and is on display in the Wasserkapelle). The Church suffered great damage during the War of the Austrian Succession. Due to heavy battles with the French in 1743 on the Geiersberg, in fight to regain the “Schanzen” (now Schanzenweg), fire broke out inside the Tower, spread to the nave and devastated large parts of the ceiling. Interior: vaulted choir chapels under the galleries, nave with six bays, aisles with arched Windows surmounted by an oval window, ceiling paintings, altar paintings, and Deggendorfs oldest city view in soapstone. Canopy with main altar in Salzburg marble (Matthias Seybold, Eichstätt), originally created in 1749 for Eichstätt Cathedral but in 1891 bought by city Deggendorf. Between the front columns on consoles the sculptures of Saint Wunibald and Richard, next to the twisted columns Saint Willibald and Saint Walpurga. On a socle a seated “Virgin with child Jesus” made from white Carrara marble, 1760 Rococo pulpit (Chr. März). Carved figures of the evangelists, John of Nepomuk next to allegories of Christian virtues.
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Date of experience: August 2011
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