My Pictures of Germany 2

Touring more of Bavaria (southern Germany): Dachau, Weis, Neuschwanstein, Ettal

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At the gate entering into Dachau, Germany's first concentration camp, started in 1933.
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Inside this infamous concentration camp, it is huge. Approximately 30,000 prisoners were here upon liberation in 1945.
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Rows and rows of barracks each held thousands of men.
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Only two of the barracks have been reconstructed, here showing the sleeping bunks.
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Block 26, which housed all the Catholic priests. It is estimated some 2771 clergy were inmates in Dachau (1780 of them Polish).
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The Weis Church (circa 1746), situated in the middle of a meadow with mountain backdrop. (In other words: it's in the middle of nowhere!)
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Interior of the Weis Church, a rococo jewel from heaven.
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Organ
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The 3-D character of the ceiling fresco of the second coming and last judgment gives the illusion you are being taken up to heaven.
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Miraculous image of the Christ being scourged at the pillar. (Miraculous because in 1738 it began to cry real tears.) This is the reason for constructing such a magnificent Church.
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The small chapel in front of the Weis Church, which originally housed the image of the scourging before the miracle and building of the larger Church.
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Climbing to Neuschwanstein Castle built by the Bavarian King Ludwig II between 1869-1886.
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View of Hohenschwangau Castle below (originally 12th century, restored 1832-1837).
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King Ludwig's magnificent and famous castle in Neuschwanstein. Although a "fairy-tale" on the outside, only about 1/3 of the interior was completed (15 rooms).
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Mary Bridge (Marienbruecke) over the deep gorge and 45 meter waterfall.
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Throne room inside the castle - the throne itself was never built.
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Model of the castle in the museum / gift shop.
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Dinner with a view. Frs. Oldham, Hottovy and Coulter.
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The monastery of Ettal, a Benedictine Abbey. The Bavarian emperor in 1328 traveled to Italy and on his return started the foundation and endowment for Ettal in 1330.
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Painting in the sacristy. Since 1700 Ettal has been a pilgrimage site, and home of a school run by the monks (which continues today).
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High altar with the statue of the Madonna and Child which the Emperor also gave as gift for the monastery's foundation, probably from a workshop in Pisa around 1300.
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We were here on the Feast of St. Lawrence, so here is his statue on the right (holding the grill!)
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Fresco ceiling inside Ettal dome, by Johann Zeiller (1708-1783).

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