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[Photo Journal] A Small Chapel in the Biggest Youth Library Housed in a Castle – Blutenburg in Munich


Myra here.

We are excited to share photographs every Tuesday about our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Chapel in the Blutenburg Castle

Nope, I haven’t finished posting about the lovely International Youth Library (IYL) housed inside the Blutenburg Castle in Munich. Last week, my Photo Journal post featured our all-too-brief visit in IYL and my Saturday Reads post shared the special tour that we were given as well as the wonderful people I had the opportunity to meet while we were there.

I forgot to mention that there is also a charming chapel inside the castle. Since today is the 8th of September, known universally as the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, I thought that this would be a fitting post.

I obtained the information that I am sharing here from this Wikipedia entry.


Sigismund of Bavaria also ordered the construction of the palace chapel, a splendid masterpiece of late Gothic style which still has preserved its stained-glass windows, along with the altars with three paintings created in 1491 by Jan Polack.





The cycle of the statues of the apostles on the side walls was built around 1490/95.



The executive master is controversial, which is why the statues are assigned to the “Master of the Blutenburg apostles.” The apostles can not always be clearly identified as the attributes were partially reversed or lost. Appendant to these figures the “Man of Sorrows” and the distinguished “Mother of God” (Blutenburger Madonna) were erected in the choir on crest consoles that match those of the apostles.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Photo Journal] A Small Chapel in the Biggest Youth Library Housed in a Castle – Blutenburg in Munich

  1. What a treat to visit there (however brief)! Thanks for bringing us with you.


  2. You keep making me jealous! 😉


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