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eppan gaid kirche nothelfer

Chapel of the Auxiliary Saints

In Gaido, the highest located village belonging to Appiano, there is a little chapel consecrated to the Auxiliary Saints.

Originally commissioned by a rich summer vacationist, sometimes a priest had to come to this place, so that the Holy Mass could be held. The Chapel of the Auxiliary Saints was renewed and changed in 1634. Typical stone frames decorate the square windows. The Baroque altar dates back to the 17th century and illustrates the 14 Auxiliary Saints that are by the way name-giving for the chapel.

The little church was constructed on a sanctuary of early-Mediaeval times. The aristocrat Eustach Franzin von Zinnenberg had it restored and was, as a reward, perpetuated in the church together with his family. The 14 Auxiliary Saints are 14 Christians of the period of time between the second and the fourth century. Most of the times the Auxiliary Saints are illustrated as three women and 11 men. The collocation of the group can, however, depend on the region in which they are worshipped.

Above all in the period of the pest, the patrons of the church were intensely asked for help. When you walk across Gaido, you can see this chapel on the roadside.

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