After our morning walk in Euthal, it started to rain, so we decided to go to the nearby town of Einsiedeln and see the abbey. The Michelin guide said the abbey was the best example of Vorarlberg Baroque in Switzerland. We are not really sure what that is, but the inside was absolutely breathtaking. Pictures cannot do it justice. One of the unique features is a small chapel inside the main chapel that has a Black Madonna (last picture). Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have come to see her. The Black Madonna was created by an unknown artist in the 15th century. Soon after, Mary and the baby Jesus were given magnificent embroidered clothes that are changed throughout the year depending on the feasts that are celebrated. The clothes cover everything except their face and hands. The Black Madonna became black over the years from dust and the soot of the candles, oil lamps and incense. In 1803, the hands and face were painted black.
May 19th. 2015 – Einsiedeln – Switzerland