St. Blaise’s Cathedral, St. Blasien

St. Blaise's Cathedral, St. Blasien

At the time of its dedication in 1783, „the Cathedral of Schwarzwald/the Black Forest“ St. Blasien, or the abbey church of the former Benedictine abbey in the small town of St. Blasien (carrying the name of Saint Blaise as in the 9th century, his relics were translated from Rome to the place where in the 10th century the monastery was erected), was the third largest dome church in the world.

Actually, in the issue of ADAC from February 1994 dedicated to the Black Forest, it is said that this is the third largest dome church in the world (today), in Wikipedia – that it was the third largest one at the time of its construction and on its website – it was at the time of its construction the fourth largest dome in Europe, but the largest in Europe north of the Alps.

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Yet whether third, fourth or just one of the largest (as I’ve established that all these ‘the most of’ classifications are very relative), there is no denying the impact of that building.

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The head entrance with depictions of Mary and Joseph from 1778.

200 years after its construction, in 1983, the church was renovated, and it obtained its predominating white color of the interior.

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Twenty 18-meter-high Corinthian columns hold up the dome.

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One can have the feeling he stands in Heaven. No, Heaven is above, but in the premises within – it is so impressive.

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The painting in the middle of the dome dating from 1912 represents the Assumption of Mary, and the small painting aside – a scene from the history of the abbey from the 10th century with the participation of the Knight Reginbert von Seldenbüren.

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One of the 6 side altars – of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary/of Thuringia.

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The long choir with its Ionic columns and the organ.

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The wooden statue is not clearly seen in the photographs, but it represents an angel climbing down the shoulder of a man.

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