The little Austrian town of Oberndorf is situated on a sharp bend of the Salzach River, downstream from Salzburg. At this place is a tiny memorial chapel dedicated to Joseph Mohr, a curate, and Franz Xaver Gruber, a music teacher, who created the world famous song ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’.
The idea for the song came from Mohr and his idea was to write a song for midnight mass on Christmas Eve. In 1818 he wrote the lines and his close friend Gruber wrote the melody and it was heard for the first time in the parish church of St Nikolaus in Obersdorf. The rest is history.
In 1899 the church was demolished as a result of flood damage and the Mohr and Gruber Memorial Chapel stands in its place.
Both men are depicted in stained glass inside the chapel.
A very Merry Christmas everybody.
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Photo taken in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria
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