The Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour at the foot of the Alps is considered one of the most perfect examples of Bavarian rococo architecture.
It is one of the few 18th century churches to have been preserved in its original state, and its stunning interior is a celebrated icon of art history. The church was built by Dominikus Zimmermann between 1745 and 1754, who, together with the best artists of the age, created the undisputed pinnacle of rococo architecture in the Bavarian style. The Wieskirche very quickly became one of the 18th century’s most important places of pilgrimage, as it contained a statue of the Flagellated Christ on which tears had been seen on 14 June 1738. The church is visible from quite some distance, situated on a small hill amid meadows. The theme of pilgrimage is reflected in the architecture and interior of the church: it is all about suffering, penance and salvation. Every detail of the magnificent, yet never ostentatious, decoration serves to create an overall visual impression. The Wieskirche combines architecture, images and stucco to great effect, resulting in a work of art that provides an exquisite setting for the holy image of the Scourged Saviour.