• Short Summary

    AN ANGLO-GERMAN OCCASION MARKING THE 1200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE BASILICA AND BENEDICTINE ABBEY OF OTTOBEUREN IN BAVARIA.

  • Description

    AN ANGLO-GERMAN OCCASION MARKING THE 1200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE BASILICA AND BENEDICTINE ABBEY OF OTTOBEUREN IN BAVARIA. PRINCESS MARINA JOINED WEST GERMAN PRESIDENT LUEBKE AND HIS WIFE YESTERDAY, (SUNDAY) IN CEREMONIES MARKING OTTOBEUREN'S UNINTERRUPTED LIVING TRADITION OF 1200 YEARS OF MONASTIC LIFE.

    PRESIDENT LUEBKE TOOK PART IN A PONTIFICAL HIGH MASS IN THE BASILICA, CONDUCTED BY BISHOP GERARD TICKLE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP TO BRITISH FORCES. LATER HE RECEIVED PRINCESS MARINA IN THE IMPERIAL CHAMBER OF THE ABBEY. OTHER DISTINGUISHED CIVIC, CHURCH AND ARTISTIC LEADERS PRESENT INCLUDED THE BAVARIAN PRIME MINISTER, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO WEST GERMANY, AND BENJAMIN BRITTEN, WHO WAS TO CONDUCT A PERFORMANCE OF HIS FAMOUS "WAR REQUIEM" IN THE BASILICA.

    OTTOBEUREN WAS ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 764, BUT ON THE OCCASION MARKING THE FIRST 1000 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, A START WAS MADE ON REBUILDING THE ENTIRE MONASTERY AND ITS BASILICA. THE PLANS WERE REVISED SEVERAL TIMES, AND WERE ULTIMATELY COMPLETED BY BAVARIA'S FAMED BAROQUE ARCHITECT JOHANN MICHAEL FISHER.

    AND IT IS THIS RICHLY STYLED BAROQUE-STYLE CHURCH WHICH VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD SEE TODAY. THE WHOLE OF THE INTERIOR IS ORNAMENTED WITH CHERUBIC FIGURES, WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO SHOW THE JOY FOLLOWING THE REDEMPTION - AN ARTISTIC EXPRESSION WHICH COULD NOT CONCEIVE OF HEAVEN WITHOUT YOUTH. THE CHURCH HAS 16 ALTARS, SYMBOLISING THE 16 CLASSES OF INVOCATIONS IN THE LITHANY OF THE SAINTS. ALL KINDS ARE REPRESENTED WITH THE BLESSING OF THE REDEEMER. THE CENTRAL DOME HAS A FRESCOE DEPICTING THE REDEMPTION OF MANKIND COMPLETED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH HIS SEVEN GIFTS ON PENTECOST. FOCAL POINT OF THE ENTIRE BUILDING IS THE REMARKABLE CROSS BROUGHT TO OTTOBEUREN FROM SAINT GEORGEN IN THE BLACK FOREST.

    OTTOBEUREN IS UNIQUE, FOR IT CONTAINS THE BEST OF THE BAVARIAN BAROQUE MASTERS OF THE 18TH CENTURY.

    (THE CEREMONIES WERE ALSO ATTENDED BY MR. EDWARD HEATH. BRITAIN'S SECRETARY FOR TRADE.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEYOIM0HXKW3RAB6ODMUA8MGDF
    Media URN:
    VLVAEYOIM0HXKW3RAB6ODMUA8MGDF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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