Photographer's Note

This is the Austrian pilgrimage church Kaltenbrunn. It is situated in an altitude of 1260 metres in the Tyrolean Kaunertal.
It is said that in the year 1272 a knight "von Schenkenberg" donated a chapel here because he had murdered his rival in a knight’s tournament in Milano. In prison there he prayed to Mary and after a short time he really was released. The virgin told him to build a chapel here in the mountains and to live nearby as a hermit. He at first built a wooden chapel but some years later he erected a little church out of stones here which was consecrated in 1285.
In 1438 this little church burnt down but nevertheless the pilgrimage to the “Miraculous Madonna” increased more and more. Sponsored especially by the bishop of Brixen, South Tyrol, the hermit living here in that time was able to begin the construction of a new church. He even managed to get privileges and benefits of the emperor. In 1592 a new church, the today's church, could be consecrated.

The church is situated - as you can see - in a wonderful landscape and the view from up there simply is breathtaking.
Nearby is the parsonage with a homey restaurant - and a wonderful little beer garden. In workshop you can see it.

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