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“A special spiritual pilgrimage tiny church”

Heilige Kapelle (Gnadenkapelle)
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Altotting
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Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

This tiny church is worth a visit for Christians and non believers. It helps if you can read German to read some of the many miracles and help that people attest to praying to Mary for her intercession at this shrine. The most importantMarian shrine in Germany. The Saturday night candle procession is worth taking part or just observing for non believers. You can park under the square for 0.5 euro per hr , free after 1800. (Australia Christian couple)

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Chapel of Grace in Altoetting is one of Europe's most popular shrines, visited by hundreds of thousands of religious pilgrims every year. The tradition of making pilgrimages to the "Black Madonna" of Altoetting goes back over 500 years: According to legend, in 1489 a young boy fell into the stream near the chapel and drown. His mother brought his lifeless body to the chapel and begged Mary to return him to life. The young boy woke up, and the tradition of miracles being sought after (and gratefully acknowledged) in Altoetting soon began. The statue in the inner octagon of the chapel if called the "Black Madonna" because the linden wood of which is was made was blacked during a fire that burnt most of the interior of the chapel. There was almost definitely a pagan baptismal chapel at this same location prior to the Chapel of Grace. This is a very special shrine, and definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

It is worth to spend some proper time on the outside of the kapelle, where many small paintings hang. Very interesting

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Reviewed November 23, 2011

We were lucky, as when we visited the urn of Bavarian king Ludwig II was on display (just for two days). lots of visitors so it is quite a que trying to reach the heart of the chapel with the "Altöttinger Madonna". Grace Chapel, octagon, pre-Romanesque octal roundhouse with eight hal-cross shaped Windows. Anno 700 founded by a lanogobardian master (East Germanic people originally residing in Scandinavia) as original baptistery (and therefore one of the oldest in Germany). The ship was lean-to built in 1490. Covered way around the building. Even today pilgrims bear wooden crosses on the shoulders and turn in prayer around the sanctuary. Miracle images and votieft panels remember the mother of God to the concerns and needs of the pilgrims. At the sides of the ship also votif images. Side altars from1668. The altars images show a Pietà and Anna Selbdritt. One enters the octagon trough a Romanesque pillar portal. In the twilight stands the silver altar of grace with in the Middle the grace image. In the interior are valuable oil lamps, one of them was donated by Pope Pius XI in 1854. Vaulted niches show silver votif gifts of the faith of the pilgrims from the Baroque period. In niches are the silver urnes containing the hearts of past Bavarian ruling princes. A west Portal, direction Kapellplatz, adorns a Rococo facade. The Slim Tower on the ship, together with the pointed roof of the Octagon, give the grace Chapel its typical appearance.

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