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Basilica of St. Martin, Weingarten - Germany's largest baroque basilica

The town of Weingarten is famous for the baroque church of St. Martin on St. Martin's Mount. It is the longest baroque church in Germany, as well as being one of the most monumental, with its dimensions roughly half those of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The church formed part of the most impressive and opulent abbey in Swabia.
While Württemberg is predominantly Protestant Lutheran, Upper Swabia is largely Catholic in character. There are so many churches and monasteries here that a day is not sufficient to visit them all. Germany's largest baroque basilica (1715-1724) is set within extensive abbey grounds in Weingarten, a majestic monument to religious faith. Upon entering, visitors are struck by a sense of eternity. The delicate stucco work blends beautifully with ornate frescos by Cosmas Damian Asam, while the choir stalls by Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer, the high altar and the golden choir screen create a splendid ensemble and the central dome reveals a magnificent vision of heaven.
Many renowned artists were involved in decorating the vast interior of the basilica. The famous organ built by Josef Gabler is both a visual and acoustic delight, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful sounding baroque organs in Europe. With 76 stops and 6,666 pipes, it is as fascinating to see as it is to hear. It can imitate the sound of drums, bells and even a cuckoo call, and the mysterious Vox Humana or human voice is beyond compare. Deep in the vaults lies the crypt which is the last resting place for nine members of the Guelph dynasty, among them the founder of the abbey, Welf IV and his wife, Judith.
The basilica is not only a burial place for members of the Guelph dynasty and the spiritual heart of the abbey, it is also a pilgrimage church. The relic of the Precious Blood of Christ is kept there and has been venerated since it was donated in 1094. On the Friday after the Feast of the Ascension, known as "Blutfreitag", St. Martin's is the scene of the largest horseback procession in Europe. You do not have to be Catholic, or even religious, to enjoy the full and varied programme of events on offer. Recitals of major pieces of ecclesiastical music and special services for the main religious festivals - featuring choirs, orchestras and soloists - make the basilica a focal point for church music at a national level. Open to visitors every day except during services. Guided tours by arrangement.



A8, A96, B30, B32, Bahnstation, Busverbindung