Monochrome Madness 4-22

 

First week of a month means, we have a theme for Monochrome Madness: “doors”

I stood in front of this rich decorated old door in October 2012 in Andechs in Bavaria. I also have an image of the closed portal, but I like the open one a bit more. In the post, I mentioned above, you can find a gallery containing both images and much more of the magnificent church.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!


 

 

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Visting Walhalla

dsc_2615-e_wA few days ago, Leanne Cole wrote a post on the old gold mining town Walhalla in Victoria, Australia. That post reminded me to a trip I made. A few years ago I was in Bavaria for a short vacation. By incident I came along a historical place called Walhalla.

The name Walhalla is derived for the nordic sagas (mythology) and means hall of the fame (literally the place where the heroes or warriors, who died in a fight, will meet their war-god Odin in Asgard – kind of paradise of the vikings) . The building looks like an ancient greek temple and is located on a hill about the river Danube. It was built by King Ludwig I, the father of the famous Bavarian King Ludwig II, who build Castle Neuschwanstein. The cconstruction took place between 1830 and 1842. Inside you can find many busts of famous personalities in German history – politicians, sovereigns, scientists and artists. You can find i.e. busts of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Ludwig van Beethoven, Albrecht Dürer, Nicolaus Kopernicus, Johannes Keppler, Peter Paul Rubens, Georg-Friedrich Haendel, Immanuel Kant, Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Martin Luther, Friedrich Gauss, Sophie Scholl, Edith Stein, Johannes Brams, Georg Mendel, Albert Einstein, Richard Strauß, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and many more. The common feature for all of these is, that they all were speaking German. The memorial displays some 65 plaques and 130 busts of persons, covering 2,000 years of history – the earliest person honored is Arminius, victor at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (9 AD) and the man, who is said to be the man who cast out the roman army from the area east to the river Rhine. Some of the busts are imaginary, because they show people, who were passed away decades or even centuries ago and no-one really knows, how they looked like. Wikipedia lists all of them, each one with her own page to describe, why they are important. For my selection, I picked people, I assumed you might already know them.

Even today, every now and then a new bust or plaque is accommodated in Walhalla.

Walhalla also has their own site in the web. You can find it here. The site also has an english section.

As you can see, we had very bad luck for our visit. Although it was that foggy, we stopped and had a look. We left the motorway and headed uphill. It’s a very huge building. Because of the size, it’s nearly impossible to take some photos. Taking photographs inside was forbidden, so I can only show a few photos from outside.

There is no parking ground at the river. So, you need much time, to walk over the river from the small town at the foot of the hill at the end of the bridge. I needed nearly an hour for the few photos because of the distances, while my wife waited in the car for me to come back. Because of the lack of a parking ground I jumped off the car to shorten the distance and she drove to a parking ground. When I was ready, taking photos, I called her at her mobile to pick me up.

Nevertheless, in case, I’m in that region again, I’d visit Walhalla again (hopefully with better weather).

Take care!

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Walking through Bavarian villages

600_1264-e_wThis is the last post on Bavaria for now.

In this post I want to show you some impressions from different villages.

You can find rich decorated houses in each village. Not only the craftsmen (i.e. butcher, bakery and so on) paint their houses. Also the village major and the government buildings (i.e. post office, fire brigade) are decorated as well as hotels and common houses. I love it.

As a general rule you can say, the smaller the village, the more decorated house you can see. In bigger cities you can also find some, but less than in smaller villages (as a percentage of  ‘all’ houses). Houses are less uniform in smaller villages.

Maybe you want to take some time to review the past posts until my next post will be online. You can do it easily by clicking on the tag Bavaria in the right sidebar.

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Thanksgiving

Maybe you’ve heard about Thanksgiving in a Hollywood movie. But here, in Germany, it has a slightly different meaning. It’s a traditional religious feast for giving thanks to God for the harvest. It’s held in autumn. And even it’s a religious feast, the date isn’t necessarily fix. It’s mostly held on the first Sunday of October, but the date varies from region to region.

For Thanksgiving the sanctuary is decorated with local fruits, vegetables, potatoes, grain and bread. The decoration vary from region to region. There is no rule, what has to be shown. In Bavaria these decorations are very nice and more elaborated, than in other German states. Many traditions are still in place in Bavaria, even they are already vanished away in other regions.

Here are some impression I took in Marienmünster of Dießen and The Wies.

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Inside The Wies

600_0919-e_wToday I’ll show you the interior of The Wies (Die Wies), as I proposed in my last post. If you wonder, why I write the article with a capital “T”, that’s because even in German the church is called with an article, because there are more churches with that name, but this one is a special one.

Wies is Bavarian dialect for Wiese (= meadow, grassland, grazing land). That’s because it’s located out in the fields.

One of the special features of this church is the ceiling. When standing inside and looking at the ceiling,  you see a white, arced ceiling decorated with stucco and colorful frescos. A fresco is a painting, when the artist had painted the color in the wet plastering. You can imagine, how hard that is. Laying on your back and painting over-head without any possibility to correct any mistake.

But, the ceiling isn’t arced! It’s plane, but the painting is so artistic distorted to create the illusion of an arced ceiling. That’s called: Trompe-l’œil (= cheating the eye). It’s really incredible and unbelievable. You can find this fact only in the German Wikipedia, and of course a local guide can tell you about this. The technique itself is describe in the English Wikipedia, too.

I love this church. It was my second visit. The first one was many years ago on a vacation trip with my parents.

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