My Pictures of Germany 3

Oberammergau, Rothenburg

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Mountain (with a cross on top) which overshadows the city of Oberammergau.
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Oberammergau is know for doing a Passion Play every 10 years since 1634 (in fulfillment of an oath made during the plague).
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It is said the time has stood still in this bavarian village, whose residents still wears lederhose, pointed alpine caps and hiking boots.
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The city is also known for its thousand-year-old tradition of woodcarving: shops are filled with countless crucifixes, madonnas, saints and nativities.
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Cemetery outside the parish church.
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Traditions live on in the art and architecture of the city, where colorful religious murals decorate homes and businesses.
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The Oberammergau church of Sts. Peter and Paul, consecrated in 1749.
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Inside this local parish church is a treasure of rococo art and architecture. Note the statues of the patrons, Sts. Peter and Paul.
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Looking back inside the church at the organ and choir loft.
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A view of the dome.
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The town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, also known for maintaining its mediaeval character. A "Free City" since 1247, in 1544 they converted to protestantism: here approaching St. Jacob's Church.
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Famous woodcarving of the Last Supper on the "Altar of the Holy Blood" (1499-1505) by Tilman Riemenschneider.
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This altar was created to provide a worthy reliquary for the relic of the holy blood of Christ, contained in a rock-crystal capsule set in the cross (c. 1270) above the scene of the Last Supper.
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The main Altar of the Twelve Apostles, another magnificent woodcarving.
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This gothic style Church dates from 1336, and took more than 100 years to build.
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One of the tower gates for entering the city (dates from around 14th century).
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View of part of the city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber (That means "above the Tauber" - because it's on top of a mount overlooking the Tauber river.)
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Franciscan Church, built in 1285, is the oldest Church in Rothenburg.
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Interior of the Church.
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Altar with a carving of St. Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata - also by Tilman Riemenschneider.
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A typical cobblestone street with its well preserved medieval buildings. (Typical and unspoiled except for the group of American tourists!)
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Town Hall Square (in Market Square) of Rothenburg with the Ratstrinkstube on the right and the "new" Rathaus or town hall on the left (originally dating to 1250, the renaissance front is from 1572).

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