- VOCKLABRUCK PART 2 -

Evanglische Friedenskirche and Dörflkirche (─gidiuskirche)

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The Lutheran Evanglische Friedenskirche is situated just outside the old town centre (left and below).

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The Dörflkirche (left) is also called ─gidiuskirche; it is a Baroque church built between 1688 and 1691. The builder in charge was Carlo Antonio Carlone; the stucco work was done by his brother Giovanni Battista Carlone. The frescoes were painted by Carlo Antonio Bussi. See below for pictures of the interior.

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Behind the church is the old hospice (above) built in 1642, restored in 1860, and dedicated to St Florian. The building now has other uses.

Saint Florian is the patron saint of Poland; Linz, Austria; chimney sweeps; and firefighters. His feast day is May 4. St Florian is also the patron of Upper Austria, jointly with St Leopold.

Florian lived in the time of the Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximian, and was commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum. In addition to his military duties, he was also responsible for organizing firefighting brigades.

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The Roman regime sought to eradicate Christianity, and sent Aquilinus to persecute Christians. When Aquilinus ordered Florian to offer sacrifice to the pagan Roman gods in accordance with Roman religion, he refused, and cheerfully accepted the beatings of the soldiers, who used clubs, spikes and fire to torture him.

He was executed by drowning in the Enns River with a stone tied around his neck in the year 304.

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In the years 1134 to 1143 the pilgrim Von Weng (below) set out to build a hospice considered now to have been be the oldest in Upper Austria. The building was situated on the present site.



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The interior of the Dörflkirche or ─gidiuskirche (right and below).

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We say "Goodbye" to Vöcklabruck and return to our hotel in Weyregg !!



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