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Wallfahrtskirche Maria Linden Ottersweier

Wallfahrtskirche Maria Linden Ottersweier

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    Pilgrimage church Maria Linden OttersweierBelievers have been making pilgrimages to the Maria Linden pilgrimage church in Ottersweier since the end of the 15th century. Located on the old Roman road, which runs through the Rhine Valley, a chapel may have stood at the "place of the seven linden trees" as early as the 8th century, which was looked after by the brothers of the Schwarzach monastery.The miraculous discovery of an image of the Virgin Mary in the cavity of a linden tree prompted countless pilgrims to come here to see the miracle and to pray.With the construction of the then Gothic church in 1484, Maria Linden was first mentioned historically. In 1786 the church was rebuilt in the Baroque style and has been preserved to this day.

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    • April 22, 2022

  • storyAccording to legend, the miraculous image of Maria Linden was found in the hollow of a linden tree after a long period of war. Historically, the pilgrimage probably goes back to a Christian, pagan place of worship. Maria Linden was first mentioned in a document in 1484. Pious local residents asked the Bishop of Strasbourg to build a new church. Bishop Albert of Strasbourg grants this at the place near the seven linden trees, "where the Blessed Mother and Virgin Mary has already revealed herself through many miracles". From 1639 onwards, after the turmoil of the Reformation, Jesuits ensure that pilgrimages flourish again. Under her direction, the nave was expanded in the baroque style in 1756 and the baroque interior furnishings were purchased with the support of the Margrave of Baden. Energetic resistance from the faithful prevented the demolition of the pilgrimage church under Emperor Joseph II in 1783 and a renewed cancellation of the pilgrimage and destruction of the church by Vicar General Wessenberg (beginning of the 19th century). During the Kulturkampf under Chancellor Bismarck, Maria Linden became the scene of impressive religious rallies with up to 16,000 participants. On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the pilgrimage church, one year after the National Socialists seized power, 20,000 believers confessed to Christ and his church. From 1936, the Capuchins had a beneficial effect in Maria Linden for more than 60 years. Since 1995, Augustinian canons, Brothers from Common Life, have looked after the place of pilgrimage.

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    • April 22, 2022

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Location: Ottersweier, Rastatt, Karlsruhe District, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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