Monasteries of Austria - Franciscan Monastery in Schwaz, Tyrol
The so-called "City of Silver", as Schwaz is often called, was first documented in the year 930 as "Suates". Silver assumed a central role in the history of Schwaz. "Schwazite", the dolomite found there, is comprised of silver and mercury-bearing copper antimony ore. The Franciscan Order was called to life by St. Francis of Assisi and is one of the "beggar orders" which emerged during the High Middle Ages. To provide adequate spiritual services, Franciscans were brought from Vienna to Schwaz where they were prompted to found a monastery. A Franciscan monastery was indeed founded there in 1507. The stamp shows the "Mater Dolorosa" from the Franciscan church in Schwaz. This Late Gothic sculpture of the sorrowful Mother of God originated from a Swabian artist in the early 1600s. It is the centerpiece of the church's so-called "Altar of Sorrow".
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