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Heiligenblut Fairy Tale

The mountain town of Heiligenblut, Austria. We drove through here on our way from Salzburg to Lienz; it was just before tourist season so the whole town was amazingly peaceful. A little bit about the area:

 

Situated in the high-Alpine region of the Hohe Tauern mountain range at 1,288 meters, Heiligenblut is located at the foot of the Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, and the Pasterze Glacier. The Gothic pilgrimage church of Saint Vinzenz, with its needle spire, was built between 1460-1491 and contains a relic of Christ’s Holy Blood. According to legend the relic, which is kept in a sacrament house, was brought there in 914 from Constantinople by the Danish knight Briccius. On his way home he was buried by an avalanche and his corpse was found where three ears of wheat broke through the snow. The church also houses a late-Gothic winged altarpiece from 1520, and a crypt and tomb containing the remains of Briccius.

 

Tighter view of the church here:

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Taken on May 20, 2010