S t e i n h a u s
"The most beautiful village church of the world"
|The church St. Peter and Paul had already been
praised as "one of the most marvellous churches in Swabia" when it was built.
Nowadays thousands of pilgrams and tourist are paying their respect to the church, thus proofing that it has widely surpassed the borders of Swabia.
Steinhausen is known as a masterpiece of South-Germany's rococo period which has been captivating its visitors with its vitality, its lifelike/natural arrangements and finally/not to forget its merry and festive atmosphere throughout centuries.
The foundation of the first chapel took place around 1200 after Christ. In 1275 Steinhausen and Muttensweiler were named in the chronicle as correlating parishes and 1283 the name "Our Beloved Lady" first appeared.
The pilgrimage of Steinhausen has never had a high rank, but was of a more regional importance. Nevertheless, on special high and holidays, however, The number of pilgrims grew tremendously. On the "Dillinger Friday" there were several thousands.
The abbot of the monastery of Bad Schussenried Didacus Ströbele hired the brothers Dominikus (architect and master of stucco) and Johann Baptist Zimmermann (Frescoartist) to construct our church. In the years 1727 to 1733 "The most beautiful village church of the world" was built.
The significance ofthe church in Steinhausen is great. Therefore, one
must not regard it as a precursor of the so-called "Wies"-Church. Steinhausen is
the first church with an oval outline including a free-pillar-construction. Only by
constructing the church in Steinhausen Dominicus Zimmermann would have become one of the
most high-ranking German architects of the baroque age.
|Everybody who enjoys St. Peter and Paul only
aesthetically fails to see the true nature of the church:
the theological, holy-historical content
and artistic design require and intensify each other
The exterior possesses a spiritual meaning,
|ram head (23KB)||squirrel (10KB)||woodpecker (7KB)|
|magpie nest (8KB)||birds (13KB)||view to the altar (22KB)|
The mercy picture of the 15th century in front of the altar picture
Pieta with the picture at the altar (74KB)
|The most important pilgrimage day (Friday after the
Ascension Day) in the history of Steinhausen was the "Dillinger Friday". Up to
now the origin of this name has not been clarified. The book "Steinhausen, Ein
Juwel" by Kasper/Strache says details, i.e. 11 that is 13 groups of pilgrims. The
pilgrimage to Steinhausen apparently ended with the beginning of the "Blood
Ride" in Weingarten.
Nowadays the pilgrimage to "Our
Beloved Lady" reaches its peak on the 'painful friday' or "Marys
Services in the pilgram church St. Peter and Paul at Steinhausen
services at Sundays and feast-days at 10.15 a.m.
guided church tours only after previous enrolment.
priest's office Steinhausen
priest Dr. Baburaj Kakkassery
Tel.: (+49) 7583 2377
FAX: (+49) 7583 942710
88427 Bad Schussenried - Steinhausen
Office hours: Monday - Friday without Wednesday 09.00 - 12.00 am
The church community Steinhausen and Muttensweiler are proud to have two sacred choirs.
1. church choir Steinhausen/Muttensweiler founded in 1850
for further information please change to the german site (Kirchenchor)
2. Gospelgroup Steinhausen founded in 1982 at rest since 2013
Concerts in the church of Steinhausen
Die oberschwäbische Barockstraße (swabian baroque street)
|This sign wants to
draw the attention to the
Upper Swabian Baroque Route opened
on 18th June 1966.
Don't hestitate to send us questions or proposals to our homepage.
88427 Bad Schussenried
FAX: +49 7583 91236