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Kefermarkt

The main attraction in this little town is its 15th-century Wallfahrtskirche (pilgrimage church), built by Christoph von Zelking, the master of Kefermarkt’s castle, Schloss Weinberg. He also commissioned its altar dedicated to his favourite saint, St Wolfgang (died 994), Bishop of Regensburg and Henry II’s tutor. We do not know who created the altar, but the result is a masterpiece of medieval art. Entirely carved from limewood, it was probably once painted, but now the original texture and colour of the wood are revealed. Its centre is made up of the figures of Saints Peter, Wolfgang and Christopher. On the wings of the altar the unknown artist has placed scenes of the Annunciation, the Birth of Christ, the Adoration of the Magi and the Death of Mary. The altar was once riddled with woodworm and only narrowly escaped total destruction. It was carefully restored in 1852—5, under the supervision of Adalbert Stifter, a writer and school inspector for Upper Austria. It is to his dedication and appreciation of great art that we owe the altar’s survival. There is also an interesting permanent exhibition in the church called “Jesus on the road”.

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