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Another shot taken in 2009 on our Austria holiday.

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Heiligenblut (meaning holy blood) is a municipality in the district of Spittal an der Drau in the Austrian state of Carinthia. Situated in the high-Alpine region of the Hohe Tauern mountain range at 1,288 meters, Heiligenblut is located at the foot of the Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, and the Pasterze Glacier. It is also the southern starting point of the scenic Großglockner Hochalpenstraße to Bruck in Salzburg, the continuation of the highway B107 from Lienz in East Tyrol. The municipality of Heiligenblut includes the Katastralgemeinden of Apriach, Hof, Rojach and Zlapp.

Heiligenblut and GroßglocknerThe Gothic pilgrimage church of Saint Vinzenz, with its needle spire, was built between 1460-1491 and contains a relic of Christ’s Holy Blood. According to legend the relic, which is kept in a sacrament house, was brought here in 914 from Constantinople by the Danish knight Briccius. On his way home he was buried by an avalanche and his corpse was found where three ears of wheat broke through the snow (see the coat of arms). The church also houses a late-Gothic winged altarpiece from 1520, and a crypt and tomb containing the remains of Briccius.

Once a gold mining area from ancient history to the Middle Ages, Heiligenblut nowadays chiefly is a tourism and mountaineering resort. Nearby attractions include the Heiligenblut-Roßbach-Schareck cable car (2,606 m), an open-air museum, the Stockmühlen mills in Apriach with nine flume mills, Lake Kachelsee to the west, the Möll waterfalls, the Gößnitz waterfalls, the Leiter waterfalls, the Margaritzen reservoir, and Lake Sandersee.

The construction of the nearby railway tunnel to the Fleißalm mountain area (1,798 m) is unique in Europe. The 1.6-kilometer long tunnel is filled with water during the summer but serves as a railway tunnel leading to the Fleißalm winter sports region in winter.

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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture my friend!

  • Thank you very very much Istvan!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 4 years ago

    SO very gorgeous!! I have always wanted to visit Austria. My paternal grandfather has Austrian ancestors. BEAUTIFUL and pristine!!

  • Many thanks Catherine, if you get the chance it is well worth it!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    Looks like a very beautiful painting Colin! Its absolutely beautiful!

  • Thanks so much Tina!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • WolfSoul
    WolfSoulalmost 4 years ago

    This is awesome Colin!! I was amazed it was a photo, it looks like a beautiful painting dude. Thanxz for the history and info, I like this and a fav for sure!

  • Thanks for the great comment mate and I appreciate the fave!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisalmost 4 years ago

    Colin,,,this is a magnificent view,,,Rick

  • Greatly appreciate that mate!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    very nice Colin :)

  • Many thanks my friend, appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning Colin!! It looks like a painting!! Beautiful

  • Many thanks Lynda, really appreciate that!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic! What a beauty. That Steeple looks as high as the mountains…

  • Thank you very very much Don!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image! I know this place from years ago☼

  • Thank very much Annie!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 4 years ago


  • Cheers mate, thanks for the great comment and fave!

    – Colin Metcalf

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