Cappella di Santa Barbara, Merano

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The Chapel of St. Barbara (St.-Barbara-Kapelle) is a chapel located in the town of Meran in South Tyrol, northern Italy.
The chapel stands right behind the St. Nicholas' Church, Meran. The layout of the chapel is octagonal. It was built by the architect Hans von Burghausen in 1450, who also designed the Hospital Church.
The chapel served as the burial chapel of the town for many centuries until the cemetery was moved to another location in 1848.
The basement served as the ossuary while the main floor was used for religious ceremonies and prayers. It features a number of wooden pews and a wooden Gothic altar, flanked by two altars from the Baroque period. Outside the entrance has a painting depicting Saint Christopher.
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  • Saint Barbara's Chapel is at the back of the main cathedral, and it's simply wonderful. It's a little chapel with octagonal floor plan, frescoed ceiling and a stunnung altarpiece in wooden... 
    Saint Barbara's Chapel is at the back of the main cathedral, and it's simply wonderful. It's a little chapel with octagonal floor plan, frescoed ceiling and a stunnung altarpiece in wooden...  more »
  • Very ornate yet still spiritual place to sit and reflect on our maker. There was no charge to visit. Deserves a visit 
    Very ornate yet still spiritual place to sit and reflect on our maker. There was no charge to visit. Deserves a visit  more »
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  • The chapel of Santa Barbara is located in Merano, South Tyrol, and rises behind the apse of the city cathedral, dedicated to San Nicolò. Originally this building was intended as the funeral chapel of the cemetery which until 1848 surrounded the main church of the city. The first news of the cemetery dates back to 1335, but a chapel dedicated to San Michele was built only in the 13th century. The current building, which dates back to a reconstruction of the years between 1420 and 1440, has an octagonal structure on two floors and a pyramid roof. The upper floor, open to the public and accessible through two Gothic portals with six steps, consists of a single room with a ribbed vault. In it there are three altars: the altar of the Immaculate Conception with the Child Jesus - a work by Mathias Pussjäger dating back to 1769 -, a Gothic altar with doors from the fifteenth century from Germany and, finally, the altar dedicated to Santa Barbara, dating back to in the seventeenth century and commissioned by the brotherhood of coopers - again by Mathias Pussjäger -, to which side statues were later added - works by Gregor Schwenzengast. The lower floor, originally intended as an ossuary, consists of a vaulted room supported by four granite columns.
  • Beautiful place of prayer, in front of the protector of many categories of workers.

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