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St. Martin's Chapel (Kapelle hl. Martin) description and photos - Austria: Galtur. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Kapelle hl. Martin.
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The Chapel of St. Martin is located in a picturesque alpine valley just one and a half kilometers from the center of Galtura. It is a squat wooden structure reminiscent of ancient Romanesque churches. However, it was built already in the middle of the 17th century.
It is interesting that earlier this place housed the stable of a peasant estate. The temple itself is built on a more ancient foundation. The church is distinguished by a steep sloping roof and a miniature bell tower topped with an onion-shaped dome, which is very common in Austria and southern Germany. The construction was completed in 1678.
As for the interior of the temple, it is especially worth noting the elaborate vaulted ceilings in the choir, made in the tradition of Gothic churches. The wooden ceilings are modestly decorated with ornaments. The main altar of the temple is also not distinguished by special splendor and is an image of the patron saint of the church - St. Martin, surrounded by statues of two other saints - Gregory and John the Baptist. This altar dates back to 1680.
The left side altar contains a unique shrine - the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is considered a copy of the famous Cranach Madonna from the Cathedral of the city of Innsbruck. And the right side altar differs in that it belonged to the previous building of the Church of St. Martin - it was completed back in 1624 and dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Other details of the interior of the temple belong to a later historical period, although the carved wooden the benches were preserved in 1682. Choir sculptures including the Crucifixion and the statue of Saint Martin, date from the early 18th century, presumably 1720. And the image of the Lamentation of Christ (Pieta) was completed already in 1790.
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