St Coloman's Church, Schwangau

The present baroque church of Coloman dates back to the 17th century, but an older building dedicated to St. Coloman existed before its construction. It is said that the Irish pilgrim would have stopped there in the summer of 1012 during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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The Wieskirche is a pilgrimage church in the Bavarian "Pfaffenwinkel" ("priests' corner": due to the large number of churches and monasteries in the region). The pilgrims come to see a wooden figure of the "Scourged Savior" who supposedly cried real tears in 1738. Built in the middle of the eighteenth century in a Rococo style, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

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Ettal Abbey

It is a Benedictine monastery founded in the 14th century by Emperor Ludwig IV, the Bavarian. It is a well-known pilgrimage destination because of the white marble statue of the Virgin Mary, who allegedly led the emperor to fund the monastery.

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St. Lorenz's Basilica

St. Lorenz's Basilica is the former church of the Benedictine monastery of the princely abbey of Kempten, which has now been abolished. While the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) was still going on, the then 29-year-old Abbot Roman Giel von Gielsberg began preparations for the construction of the church. The church became one of the first large church buildings after the Thirty Years' War in Germany.