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Pilgrimage church Götzens
A little gem in Götzens
The Pilgrimage Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Götzens dates back to the 18th century and is known as a “little gem” – and not just by the locals who cherish their church as a place of music, wonder and reflection. The pilgrimage church delights with its fantastic acoustics and also impresses with its remarkable architecture. It’s deservedly regarded as one of the most beautiful Rococo churches in the southern part of the German-speaking world. The interior amazes visitors with its Baroque theatre-style architecture and golden rocaille stucco work. The attractive altar was dedicated to Otto Neururer, a priest and martyr, in 1996 – the year of his beatification. The urn containing his ashes is still found inside the altar today.
The church year
The church year in Götzens is very rich and vibrant. The main celebration is the patronal festival on 29 July – the parish church is dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul – and this day is also celebrated if it falls on a work day. A festival service with organ music and choral singing is at the heart of the celebration. This is followed by a procession featuring the local band, shooting club, volunteer fire department and many other clubs and organisations. Anyone who feels a connection to the community in Götzens stays in the village on this day and walks with the procession.
In the afternoon, the MKapelle band from Götzens performs at the bandstand on the square.
This year, the pilgrimage church in Götzens once again features an “Ostergrab”, a Holy Sepulchre with glowing spheres. This Easter grave can be viewed from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday, from 7 am to 6 pm.
The holy grave was created in 1852 by Josef Kramer and incorporates older pieces that were painted in part by Josef Anton Kirchebner in 1810; these days it is unfortunately only partially displayed.
The Easter crib in Götzens is displayed in the parish church from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. It’s just as famous as the Götzen’s nativity scene and is located in the same place on the west wall of the church.
The mountain scene was built by Master Cartwright Franz Eigentler from Götzens. It is surrounded on three sides by high landscapes and portrays 31 representations of the Passion of Christ, including many figures and numerous secondary scenes.
The more than 200 hand-painted and skilfully crafted paper figures were created by Georg Haller (around 1800) in a baroque style and show great artistic quality.
The nativity scene in Götzens is one of the village’s most special attractions and a rare piece thanks to its exceptional size and high artistic quality. The nativity scene is magnificently dressed and dates back to the first half of the 19th century. The style is reminiscent of the baroque era and has an air of the final scene from a baroque opera. The huge, three-piece nativity scene background was painted by Georg Haller (1772-1838). The magnificent figures were created by a group of local artists and are approx. 50 cm high.
The nativity scene was largely produced in Götzens and the surrounding area. Doll makers, wax artists, tailors, embroiderers, wood carvers, sculpture painters, passementerie makers, hat & wig-makers, carpenters, turners and background painters all worked together to create this masterpiece.
It is one of the most splendid and most artistically respected nativity scenes in the country.
The nativity scene is displayed in the pilgrimage church from 9th December until 2nd February (Candlemas).