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Herrgottsruh Pilgrimage Church

The pilgrimage church “Herrgottsruh” ( Our Lord’s Rest ) is located on the eastern outskirts of the former border fortress Friedberg in the district of Aichach-Friedberg in present-day Swabia . Some of the most important artists of the Bavarian rococo were involved in the design of the monumental Late Baroque building.

The pilgrimage church is located east of the old town on the outskirts of the city and is surrounded by the cemetery. In front of the west façade stands the priest’s house from 1727, whose two floors are completed by a hipped roof. The broad, somewhat squat-looking exterior of the church is surmounted by the dome of the Chorrotunde and the choir-side tower in the north. To the south, the two-storey sacristy is attached to the rotunda, which is therefore only half round in the manner of an apse. The external structure consists of double colossal pilasters, between which the windows are integrated. On the south side, a triangular gable delineates a nonexistent transept . The nave is elevated in the style of a pseudo-basilica (relay hall). The three-axle main façade swings back and forth in the middle section. The west portal sits in a high arched niche above which rises the raised central nave. Underneath the roof, a band frieze runs around the building, which is covered with saddle and hipped roofs. The rotunda is crowned by a dome with a top. A similar, low essay also has the bell tower on the north side.


The west portal leads to a spacious vestibule, which is separated from the nave by a wrought-iron grille. The two-bay nave is divided by the two powerful pillars in three ships. The central nave opens to the round choir room, the aisles are completed by the Convent and Mercy altar. The three-aisled complex and the “late Gothic” elevation (about 2.20 m) of the central nave conveys the spatial impression of a Baroque, medieval architecture, which is actually the result of the new building of the 18th century. The longhouse bays are spanned by six frescoed round or transverse aisles (side aisles), which are separated by broad belt arches . The western nave dome is directly illuminated by a small window and has a small gallery. In favorable light conditions, this results in an impressive Baroque illusion effect. During the “Last Judgment”, the “righteous” move through a painted stone gate directly into the sky, out of the gate, bright light shines through the concealed window onto the scene. The choir dome is divided into eight sections by eight strips, and the choir is divided by marbled double pilasters. Instead of a high altar, the re-released wall fresco Cosmas Damian Asams closes the presbytery.

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