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Maria Taferl

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A Marian pilgrimage site on the Austrian Way of St. James

The name comes from a small table, a Taferl with a picture of the Virgin Mary, which has worked wonders. You can read the story about the Taferl in an oak tree at http://www.basilika.at/

Maria Taferl
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The baroque church Maria Taferl is consecrated to the "Painful Mother of God". It was built between 1660 and 1710. The dome was designed by Jakob Prandtauer.

Maria Taferl front the towers

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View into the dome

Maria Taferl Innenansicht

In the church one finds exuberant baroque. The oak with the "Taferl" is built into the altar. You can see this best when you climb up to the museum.


Altar

The high altar with the miraculous image. Use the zoom function (magnifying glasses and double magnifying glass symbol)

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Vespermantel, ehemaliges Brautkleid von Kaiserin Sisi

In the possession of the Maria Taferl Basilica there is a special chasuble. After Sisi's marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854, the wedding gown was traditionally donated to the Basilica, which had the fabric, including silver embroidery, reworked into a vespertine cloak. For decades priests have worn the wedding dress of Habsburg Empress Sisi in the Basilica Maria Taferl - in a tailor-made form.
Since April 2012 the chasuble has been on display in the Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Palace, where it can be admired up close as a leifage. The embroidered appliqués made of silver alder and silver cord show a dense work of leaves and flowers, from which branches with fruit and spiral ends grow.

In the museum the coat complements the wedding collection, which already consisted of parts of the bridal trousseau, the wedding announcement and a copy of the hen's gown. (Source: ORF)


In the left tower hang countless votive pictures. Very often the Mariahilfbild serves as a model: See for yourself!


From the terrace in front of the basilica there is a wonderful view over the Danube valley

Panoramablick von Maria Taferl

On a clear day you can see as far as the Alps

Aussicht in die Alpen


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Danube cycle route