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The Pilgrimage Church in Hallein, Austria

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After our very brief encounter with the beautiful Salzburg, we made our way to Hallein, which is actually known for its salt mines, but my mom and I decided to skip out on those and we walked around the small and freakishly uphill town.

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Waiting for us at the top of the main hill was this gorgeous pink-stoned church.  The Hallein Pilgrimage Church.  The walk, which felt more like a hike, up to the top was steep so there were many opportunities for taking in the people outside raking, starting their gardens and enjoying the sunshine while we leaned against the gorgeous stone walls to catch our breath.

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When we finally made our way up to the church I immediately fell in love with the color of the stone on this church.  The salmon exterior was such a stark contrast with the blue skies and lush surroundings.  IMG_0044 IMG_0072

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Just to the left of the front door, there was this little chapel (you can see it below) with a crucifix in it, and it was an interesting crucifix.

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I can’t recall ever seeing a more interesting version of this scene; it’s just one of the most emotion-invoking ones I’ve seen- for non-Christians and Christians alike. I could just see the suffering of a man being tortured for something he didn’t do- whether it’s your religion or not, it’s a beautiful work of art.

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The alter in this church was beautiful and so vivid.  The colors just popped against white walls. IMG_0061 IMG_0065 IMG_0066

I loved the ornate red rug coming down and mirroring the bright colors of the altar.

IMG_0035 IMG_0049 Another bonus about this church, is the absolutely perfect view from the top!  There are benches up there to sit and just enjoy the crisp Alpine air.

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    equinoxio21
    June 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Also notice the plaque to the dead in WWI. There is a similar one in every village in France! And notice that the names are often the same: Angerer, Kurz, Klackl… Likely brothers. On the other side! My grandfather and his seven brothers went to war. Only 3 came back.

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      PaigeBrown
      June 16, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Wow. I hadn’t noticed that! How cool! Thanks for pointing that out.

      How interesting to have such personal ties to the war. I don’t have any immediate family, that I know of, who were in WW1 or WW2

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    Hallein, Austria - For the Love of Wanderlust
    April 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

    […] mom and I managed to find our way to Hallein, Austria, but didn’t of to the Salt Mines. Instead, we went to this beautiful, pink pilgrimage church […]

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