Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, we took a train from Zurich to the small town of Einsiedeln.
Inside, the abbey is strikingly beautiful with painted ceilings and delicate sculptures centuries old. I had taken one photo before seeing the sign that none were allowed, but this one will give an idea of the stunning interior.
The abbey is best known for its chapel with the Black Madonna which has an interesting story. The original flesh color of mother and child darkened through the years because of soot from candles, incense and oil. At one time, the images were returned to their original tones, but the Black Madonna had become so important to pilgrims that it was returned to its darker color, never to be changed.
The grounds are immense and sources of income are few. Horse breeding contributes and effort is made for the abbey to be self sustaining. A lady I chatted with said an idea is being floated that would require young people to do two years of civil service there to offset some of the maintenance expenses.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind