The reason for Altötting's worldwide fame as a place of pilgrimage to Mary lies in an incident from the 15th century. The following miracle is said to have occurred there in 1489: A three-year-old boy fell into the Mörnbach, was carried along by the current and was thought to have drowned. The desperate mother brought the lifeless child to the chapel consecrated to the Mother of God after he was rescued and placed it on the altar. There she began to pray with other believers for the salvation of her child. After a short time, life returned to the body of the apparently dead child. Legend has it that the rescued boy was later ordained a priest.
January 22, 2021
In the 14th century, the high early Gothic image of a standing Virgin, possibly made in Burgundy or on the Upper Rhine, carved out of linden wood, came to Altötting, the most important figure of Mary in Southern Germany. With the advent of the pilgrimage numerous replicas were made, such as in Nuremberg and Würzburg.
The Madonna statue is 64 centimeters high and contains incorporated silver plates. Neither the place of origin, nor the exact time of origin could be determined by art historians so far beyond doubt. Presumably, the figure was made at the end of the 13th or early 14th century. With her black hands and blackened face, the Madonna is said to refer to role models in Auvergne. There were such religious wooden sculptures from the High Middle Ages spread, the school of Clermont-Ferrand should have been a groundbreaking workshop. In total, there are 272 "black Madonnas" in Europe alone, and in France, where there are 188 such statues, they are known as Vierges Noires. There are famous black Marian figures except in Altötting in Einsiedeln (Switzerland), Loreto (Italy) and Czestochowa (Poland) and Montserrat (Spain).
July 18, 2019
The Chapel of Grace is also called the Holy Chapel. It houses the so-called "Black Madonna" from Altötting. The building belongs to the "Shrines of Europe". The chapel is the destination of many pilgrimages and establishes Altötting's fame as a place of pilgrimage.
The origin of this chapel remains hidden in the dark even after 500 years of intensive research. The octagonal shape suggests that the chapel was originally built as a baptistery.
When you enter the chapel, you immediately see why the pilgrimage is called "to the black mother of God": not only the image of grace, but also the entire interior of the building is dominated by a black color scheme.
The area around the chapel is covered with countless miracle and votive pictures. Many crosses with the inscription "Maria hilf" or "Maria hilf" are stored here.
A visit to this special chapel is worth every detour, even if you are not a Catholic. The importance of this place for many believers is immediately tangible.
February 17, 2021
The Bavarian Altötting is a very well-known and popular place of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary. Many people make pilgrimages here year after year to venerate Our Lady - as the "Black Madonna" - to entrust her with their worries and needs and to pray for help. Votive tablets are an expression of thanks for answers to prayer.
September 12, 2021
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