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Mariastein

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Mariastein is the second-largest pilgrimage site in Switzerland. Every year more than 150,000 visitors come from Switzerland, Germany and France to Mariastein, Basel, Switzerland

Built in the Gothic style church was originally 18th A century baroque interior (altars and pulpit). After the French Revolution, classical elements of the building (facade and organ supplemented). 1898 - 1933 she received her neo-baroque dress. 1931 - 1933 Lothar Albert painted from Basel and the ceiling painting in the picture cycl. 1999 - 2000, the neo-baroque version was restored.

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