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Since the summer months of 1886, events had raged. Bavaria had fallen into a state of complete paralysis. The rumors that the king was murdered on the shores of Lake Starnberg near Berg did not stop him. There was still no memorial to the departed monarch who was worshiped and loved by the Bavarian people. Only in 1887, a year after his death, did the mother of Louis, Queen Marie, erect a lamp for the dead above the place where he breathed his life. Lonely, her light shone out on Lake Starnberg, so beloved by Ludwig. But was this a worthy monument to a fairy tale king?
March 18, 2018
The votive chapel in the castle park in Berg was erected in memory of King Ludwig II and inaugurated in 1900 after a 4-year construction period. Below the votive chapel, a simple wooden cross in the shallow shore area of Lake Starnberg still marks the spot where King Ludwig II died on 13 June 1886 under mysterious circumstances.
July 13, 2019
Set back from the bank into the forest, the votive chapel stands in honor of King Ludwig II. The votive chapel seems to guard a narrow clearing from above where the king was found dead in Lake Starnberg. Seen from the votive chapel, the narrow clearing focuses on the cross in the water.Wikipedia provides further details on the votive chapel:
The St. Ludwig Memorial Church, built in honor of Ludwig II, is located in the forest above where the body of the king was found in the lake on Pentecost Sunday, June 13, 1886. In 1887, his mother, Queen Marie, donated a death lamp, which was later integrated into the staircase. The prince regent Luitpold laid the foundation stone for the construction of the so-called votive chapel on the 10th anniversary of the king's death in June 1896. Four years later, the church, which was built in the neo-Romanesque style, was inaugurated. It was designed by Julius Hofmann, the former architect of the king's chief building supervisor.
January 2, 2020
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