Heiligenblut, Village of Holy Blood

From Franz Josefs Höhe going to the village of Heiligenblut and arrived.

From Franz Josefs Höhe going to the village of Heiligenblut and arrived.

Heiligenblut am Großglockner (Holy Blood by the Großglockner) is a municipality in the district of Spittal an der Drau (administrative district) in Carinthia, Austria. It has a population of 1,185 (in 2014 census).

Main Square of Heiligenblut

Main Square of Heiligenblut

Heiligenblut, really beautiful village!

Heiligenblut, really beautiful village!

Going to the famous Church of St Vincent.

Going to the famous Church of St Vincent.

St Vincent Church and Grossglockner

St Vincent Church and Grossglockner

A chapel at Heiligenblut in the Duchy of Carinthia was first mentioned in 1271, containing a relic of the Blood of Christ.

The interior of the church

The interior of the church

Coat of Arms, Heiligenblut

Coat of Arms, Heiligenblut

According to legend a flask of the Holy Blood, which is kept in a sacrament house, was brought here in 914 from the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople by the Danish knight Briccius. On his way home across the Alps, he was buried by an avalanche and hid the relic in an open wound at his calf. His corpse was later found by local peasants, where three ears of wheat broke through the snow. The Gothic pilgrimage church dedicated to Saint Vincent of Saragossa, was built between 1460 -1491. The church also houses a late-Gothic winged altarpiece from 1520, and a crypt and tomb containing Briccius’ mortal remains.

Altarpiece of St Vincent Church Heiligenblut

Altarpiece of St Vincent Church Heiligenblut

Briccius Chapel in the St Vincent Church Heiligenblut

Briccius Chapel in the St Vincent Church Heiligenblut

A wedding ceremony was held in the church. "Have a happy life!"

A wedding ceremony was held in the church. “Have a happy life!”

Left the church and walked around in the village aimlessly.

Left the church and walked around in the village aimlessly.

And I met twin babies.

And I met twin babies.

“Auf Wiedersehen, Babys!”  Hope their peaceful life.

I will return to Tokyo from Innsbruck tomorrow, so very busy now.
The next post will be from Tokyo. Thank you.

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