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St. Oswald Parish Church

Dedicated to St. Oswald, the pilgrimage church is situated right in the centre of Seefeld. The eraliest historical records of it date back to 1263. The church became one of the most famous pilgrimage centres in the Tyrol after the so-called "Miracle of the Host" in 1384. According to the legend, during Holy Mass Oswald Milser, from the Schlossberg border fortess, demanded a larger piece of the communion host than that which was given to the "common people". When he received it, the piece of host turned blooded-red and both the stone he was kneeling on, and the altar stone which he tried to grasp on to, sank into the ground. The imprint of his hand is still visible today. In 1425, due to the influx of pilgrims that ensued from this event, Duke Frederick IV, known as "Frederick of the Empty Pockets", ordered the church to be extended and work was finished in 1474 under the command of Sigismund the Rich. St. Oswald Church is one of the most beautiful Late Gothic churches in the Tyrol. The wonderful tympanum relief along the main portal tells the story of the Miracle of the Host; the church's three-aisled interior is home to many treasures including 15th century frescos, the chancel with its flat carvings from 1524, valuable shrine figures, a Gothic baptism stone and the famous panel by Jörg Kölderer which dates back to 1502. Emperor Charles IV adapted the Renaissance ornaments of the Blutskapelle (blood chapel) - the part of the church where the miraculous host was preserved - to the artistic taste of the Baroque period with stucco work and ceiling frescos by Puellacher.