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Maria Schnee Chapel

This baroque pilgrimage church was founded in 1637 by Lukas Tschofen II, member of a respected family from the 17th century, because he promised to built church if he was saved from misery. It's an important baroque pilgrimage church and is a famous landmark. The traditional baroque art and the rare representations of the Shroud of Turin (at the Grace altar from the 17th century) and of the legend of Maria Schnee (ceiling fresco on the right side) are worth a visit. The figures of St. Lukas and St. Anna above the choir arch represent Lukas Tschofen III. and his wife Anna Clawothing, owners of the biggest inn of the Montafon region in the 17th century (Alpenrose Inn, burnt down in 1927). The Lukas Tschofen parlour (1681) at the offices of the local authority reminds of Lukas Tschofen VI. as does the Lukas-Tschofen House next to the road to Partenen.

Gaschurn, Vorarlberg, municipality in the district of Bludenz, alt. 979 m, pop. 1,714, area 176.78 km2, bi-seasonal tourism (424,748 overnight stays), situated in the upper Montafon valley close to the Swiss border; the municipality consists of the Walser settlement G. (first documented mention 1423) and the Partenen village (1499); largest municipality of Vorarlberg in terms of area.
(Source: www.tiscover.at)

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