SHORT HISTORY OF OUR CHURCH
St Mang Basilica was built by the Allgäu architect,Johann Jakob Herkomer(1652-1717).It took him 16 years to complete,he succeeded in turning the medieval Basilica into a Baroque Church based on Venetian models that was intended to be an architectural symbol of the veneration of Saint Magnus.The entire church represents an enormous reliquary.
Above is the main altar
Each side of the main Altar is seen a dragon figure.This is to represent pagans.St Mang converted the pagans in this area and brought them to the light of Christ.Hence each dragon is holding a candle to represent Christ,The light of the world.
On the right hand side of the church,next to the sacristy is the staue of Our Lady of Bavaria
The Church is full of paintings and statues and also has a "Theatrum Sacrum".This was designed by the Artist ,Erwin Wiegerling.It is one of the few churches outside of Rome which can say it has this facility.It is based behind the Statue of Our Lady in the Marble Chapel.It replaces the Stations of the Cross in the town.However St Mang does have its own Stations of the Cross.They are based above the Frau am Berg Kirche(Our Lady of the Mountains Church) on the Calvary Mountain(Calverianberg).These were built by a priest of St Mang called Johann Baptist Graf(29.01.1802-07.03.1862) against the wishes of the Bishop of Augsburgh and the people of Füssen.He built them during the 18th century to bring people back to God when the secularisation period was prominent.
A monument has been built on the Cavaryberg in honour of Father Graf who was parish priest in 1832.The work was started in 1837 and finished in 1862.
When you move along from the Theatrum Sacrum,you come to the all year round crib.
The scene above shows Our Lord breaking bread in the house after walking with two disciples to Emmaus.It was when he did this they recognised who it was explaining all the scriptures and phofecies to them.
The scene below shoes the Good Samaritan tending the man who was robbed and injured.
After you have visited the crib you will notice an altar.
and a confessional box each side of it
before you come to the Sacred Heart Altar .
Then there is another confessional.Each confessional has a different scene engraved on it and different wording.
At the top of a small flight of steps the St Michael the Archangel Altar is to be found.
Turn left and you enter the gallery below the main organ left
From the gallery you will see the rear entrance of the Basilica.It is here that the newly blessed doors by artist,Erwin Wiegerling,showing the Liturgical Year of the Church,can be found.These were blessed by Bishop Walter Mixa,Bishop of Augsburgh and Bishop to the German Military on 9th September 2007.
THE BAPTISTRY .
The Baptistry is located under the back gallery.
Steps lead down to it in the centre of the isle.
Entrance to St Mang Shrine located in the Baptistry
Back in the Baptistry on the left hand side wall(photo below)
The Baptismal font is in the baptistry at the back of the church below where the organ is.
walk further down the isle and you come to another altar and another confessional box.
Finally as you come to the main entrance you find the shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos who was born in Füssen and baptised,confessed,confirmed and made his 1st Holy Communion in the Basilica
The old mechanical clock above the Seeloss Shrine.
updated 19th October 2007 More info on the Basilica to follow later