Sunday, September 20, 2009

Balzers, St. Nicholas Church, Liechtenstein

The most southerly town in Liechtenstein is Balzers, with a splendid fortress of a castle (the Gutenberg), and - among other sights - this lovely St. Nicholas Church. Usually we like old buildings, and this is a new one on an older site, from perhaps 1910 or so. See://www.liechtenstein.li/en/eliechtenstein_main_sites/portal_fuerstentum_liechtenstein/fl-staat-staat/fl-staat-gemeinden/fl-staat-gemeinden-balzers.htm/.




St. Nicholas Church, Balzers, Liechtenstein, with Gutenberg Castle (background)

This property is so well kept up, we wondered whether it is the active congregation, or its endowment?


St. Nicholas Church, Balzers, Liechtenstein, cemetery with portraits, individualized markers



Memorial Garden, with watering and tending equipment right there, St. Nicholas Church, Balzers, Liechtenstein

In many European memorial gardens, there is a watering and pruning equipment setup so people can be sure all is well tended.  Watering cans, hoses, fountains.


Entry mosaic, St. Nicholas Church, Balzers, Liechtenstein

Why St. Nicholas? Here is a good reason if you are a marketer: In Liechtenstein, Christmas season begins on December 6, on St. Nicholas Day, see ://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=622/ That is a good site for Santa Claus type customs - find out who rides with St. Nicholas at ://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=100/ Find everything from white horses to Schmutzli and Zwarte Piet.

The church is listed at that site as Balzers Pfarrkirche HL Nikolaus und HL Marten. Research is difficult in any matter involving translation and linquistics.

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