Neukirchen beim Heiligen Blut is a well-known pilgrimage village in a wide valley in the “Bayerischen Wald” (Bavarian Forest, National Park). The pilgrimage started at about 1450 when a wooden sculpture of holy Maria was damaged with a sword by a leader of the Hussite and started to bleed. Wittelsbacher Duke Maximilian I. promoted the expansion of the local church “Mariä Geburt” and the foundation of new Franciscan monastery. The church puts up a special, unique “Doppelarltar”, an altar which has a complete altar on the back and the front. One side is used by the separate church of the monastery, the other one by the regular church, separated by the altar and iron bars.
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