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Zermatt. Maria Zum Schnee

The “Maria zum Schnee” chapel near the Schwarzsee gondola station is a gem. It stands on the shore of the Schwarzsee (2,552 m), whose clear dark waters beautifully reflect the chapel when the air is still.According to legend, a statue of the Mother of God stood at this place even before the “Maria zum Schnee” chapel was built. The small chapel goes back to a promise made by two inhabitants of Zermatt who had become hopelessly lost in thick fog on the Theodul Glacier. They were saved, and subsequently erected a prayer house at the location of the wayside shrine. It is thought that the chapel was built in the early-18th century.The chapel, dedicated to “Maria zum Schnee” (Our Lady of the Snows), soon became a popular place of pilgrimage. On the patron saint’s feast day on 5 August, locals and visitors flock to Schwarzsee to celebrate mass in the open air. Early documents state that the inhabitants of Zermatt would visit the Mother of God in a procession in early summer to pray for rain in times of drought. Unhappy wives also sought consolation and help in prayer before the image of the Mother of God.

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Pierre20-Mar-2020 15:19
Une jolie photo de cette chapelle dans ce paysage de montagnes! V
M Paula Neumann03-Jan-2020 16:01
Beautiful image. Love the ground fog behind the church. V
Rob Legeland22-Dec-2019 17:01
Love this shot, with the reflection! V
Jean D26-Sep-2019 16:56
A scene of such beauty, well presented. Thanks for the captioned information. ~V
barbarajoy21-Sep-2019 12:38
Masterful image! V
Milan Vogrin20-Sep-2019 07:58
Great place. V
George McCarten19-Sep-2019 01:55
The house of God, in near-heaven.
janescottcumming19-Sep-2019 01:52
Love how you filled the frame here. V
Julie Oldfield19-Sep-2019 01:41
Awesome! V
bill friedlander18-Sep-2019 17:11
Wow! Great shot of the mountain looming over the chapel. V
Jeff Real18-Sep-2019 15:19
You have really captured magnificence here, my friend!
Ika Zinka Eferl18-Sep-2019 13:57
Such a beautiful scene with wonderful reflections. V
Juliette18-Sep-2019 13:27
awesome reflections V
Ceya18-Sep-2019 13:10
What a wonderful scene with all those reflections and forms, interesting history, too! V!
Jim Coffman18-Sep-2019 12:56
Wow, what a view.. Love the reflections in the still water...
Pierre Martin18-Sep-2019 11:56
impressive those massive mountains, superb composition!
danad18-Sep-2019 10:08
Superb capture ! V.
laine18-Sep-2019 09:35
Beautifully peaceful. V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal18-Sep-2019 06:49
Beautiful view and image. V
Bill Miller18-Sep-2019 06:20
A perfect;y situated chapel, with a gorgeous view
Ursula Miller18-Sep-2019 05:49
Wow, great composition with beautiful reflections and symmetry! V
Helen Betts18-Sep-2019 05:08
Marvelous reflections in this fine composition. V.
Carter Creek18-Sep-2019 04:53
Excellent photo and interesting story to go with it. V
Arnie Peterschmidt18-Sep-2019 04:44
Breath-taking photo Jose.
Dan Greenberg18-Sep-2019 03:54
Masterpiece! Such a nice view and picture. ~VVV~
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