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The Litz Chapel

by Theresa König last modified 2007-01-09 21:17

The Litz chapel, which is on the way to Montjola and Bartholomaeberg was built in 1688 during the height of religiousness among the common folk which led to many local pilgrimages.  Like most places of pilgrimage, there is a legend that surrounds the chapel.  The painting at the altar of the Litz chapel is supposed to have been painted in the early 17th century in Graubunden and then carried over the Joecher to the Montafon.  On the spot where the chapel now stands, it is said that the painting couldn’t be moved any more and so the chapel was built there. 

The sculptures on the altar are works from Melchior Lechleitner, one of the most important stone masons of the second half of the 17th century.  Lechleitner was originally from Grins in Tyrol but moved to Schruns around 1680.  As the stone mason in Schruns, Lechleitner was commissioned with many important jobs during his time there –the baroque figures in the old church in Schruns are also from him some of his figures are kept in the Montafon Museum of Local History.

The Litz Chapel also houses works from the artist family Bertle from Schruns and played a small role in the history of Austria in 1956.  Ernst Ruedigier von Starhemberg had a heart attack and died here in March 1956.  It is said that the heart attack was caused by him getting upset by a journalist that was trying to ambush the former army leader.

Across the street from the entrance to the chapel is the "Fitsch House".  It was built in the middle of the 18th century and run as a guest house.  There is a beautiful lounge and an old arched cellar in there.  In the past wine from the Italian Veltlin was delivered to the upper class houses in Germany.  The route they took led over the "Via Valtellina" over Schruns and this house was used for temporary storage.  The street between this house and the chapel leads to Bartholomaeberg.  This is where the original path - The Miner's Path - begins.

 Please follow the Miner's Path for a few meters and then follow the signs in the direction of Montjola, Kloster Gauenstein.


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