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The Historical Educational Trail “Jáchymov Hell”

The Madonna of Altötting Chapel

In Jáchymov are three small historically valuable chapels. All were built along the pilgrim path from Jáchymov to Mariánská. At the monastery and pilgrimage Church of the Virgin Mary in Mariánská, pilgrimages took place since 1694.

Fig. 1: Chapel of Our Lady of Altötting

Fig. 2: Madonna of Altötting, Jáchymov. Polychrome wood, about 50 cm (photo by Veronika Poláková) 

The chapels named Maria-Hilf, Altötting a Trinitat were mentioned by Johann Gottfried Sommer in the 15th volume of his geographic masterwork “Kingdom of Bohemia” from 1847. The buildings come probably from the second half of the eighteenth century, but may be even older.

Fig. 3: Black Madonna of Altötting (photo by S. Finner at en.wikipedia) 

The Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting, also known as the Chapel of Grace (German: Gnadenkappelle), is the national shrine of Bavaria dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is known for the many healings which are said to have taken place there, and is commonly called the Lourdes of Germany. The image of Mary venerated there is a Black Madonna of great antiquity (possibly about 1330), carved from linden wood. The shrine became a popular pilgrim destination when it became known for the miraculous recovery in 1489 of a young boy who had been drowned, after his mother laid his body before the image and prayed to the Blessed Mother for a miracle.

Useful information

Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/

GPS position

N 50° 22.126', E 12° 54.531'