World Heritage #0271 – Pilgrimage Church of Wies

Jul 9, 2002Germany, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

What does a Rococo church look like? Come here and enjoy this strikingly beautiful church.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

 

Official facts

Country: Germany

Date of Inscription: 1983

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 271:

“Miraculously preserved in the beautiful setting of an Alpine valley, the Church of Wies (1745-54), the work of architect Dominikus Zimmermann, is a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo exuberant, colourful and joyful.”

 

My visit

The “Wieskirche” does not stand out for its exterior, for that is quite ordinary in my opinion. The church is first of all worth a visit for its richly decorated interior. It is magnificent. I might add that for people with a sore neck the church should be avoided. For those without such a problem, it is advisable to do some neck exercises before and after the visit: Because the ceiling is fantastic.

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