Heiligenblut (Holy Blood) #2 by Colin Metcalf

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Another shot of the church at Heiligenblut taken in 2009 on our Austria holiday.

At 25/02/2011, 119 Views, 101 Comments & 33 Faves.

Kodak Easyshare CX7530
Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2 (64 Bit)
Finished in Picasa 3

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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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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

  • Lee d'Entremont
    Lee d'Entremontover 3 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
    Excellent work my friend!

  • Thank you very much Lee!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Colin,,this is so outstandingly beautiful it even looks 3d,,,really great job,,,,Rick

  • Cheers Rick greatly appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 3 years ago

    Thats a lovely scene and image Col, Well done!

  • Cheers Trev thanks for all the support!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Just beautiful I want to go there on holiday! Nice work colin!

  • Thanks mate appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    wow Gorgeous work

  • Many many thanks Maggie, appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • zumi
    zumiover 3 years ago

    wonderful. nice comp.

  • Thank a lot, greatly appreciated.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Absolutely marvellous capture, Colin! What a wonderful old church, in such beautiful surroundings. It also looks very familiar. I wonder if Dad had this church among the buildings of his train set….

  • Cheers Mike, thanks for the support! You could be right, there used to be a set of alpine building kits you could get, those cardboard ones if I remember!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work and scene!!

  • Thank you very very much Carol!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful Colin.

  • Many thanks Jacqui, always appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

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