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“Modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in the Church of Jerusalem.”
Review of Heiliggrab-Kapelle

Heiliggrab-Kapelle
Antwerp, Belgium
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“Modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in the Church of Jerusalem.”
Reviewed 5 November 2011

1695, the "Tomb of Christ" was inbedded in a “rock chamber” called “Graberl”, and is situated a few metres past the Wasserkapelle at the old cemetery. The Chapel is the last stop before the crusifix group. The staues were donated by Kaspar Aman (a benefactor born in Deggendorf and residing in Vienna), the original images are stored in the Wasserkapelle. The chapel with Flèche was modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in the Church of Jerusalem. In the period 1800 this chapel was the terminus of the great “candlelight procession” which was celebrated in the Holy Week (last week of Lent and the week before Easter), during thar period the “Graberl” was according “old tradition” festively decorated, framed with coloured glass beads and illuminated. Such a procession consisted of the Christ-actor who wore the heavy wooden cross, the scourge beating the whips, the Guglmänner (secret society guardians of the monarchy in long distinctive peaked, masked robes to protect their identity) accompanied by muted incessant drumming. The clergy followed the people in long rows from the Holy Sepulchre (now parish church) at the market square via the Geiersberg to the Heiliggrab-Kapelle at the cemetery.

Visited August 2011
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