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[Photo Journal] Nymphenburg Park Palaces: Magdalenenklause (Part Four of Four)


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Magdalenenklause in Nymphenburg

Over the past several weeks, I have been sharing photographs of the park palaces around the Nymphenburg Castle in Munich. So far, we have featured the Amalienburg, Badenburg, and the Pagodenburg. This week, I am featuring my absolute favourite across all the four park palaces: the Magdalenenklause.

While the Amalienburg is meant to be the hunting lodge, the Badenburg the bath house, and the Pagodenburg an ode to Chinese art and design – the Magdalenenklause is the royalty’s area of worship, as the palace’s uniquely-designed chapel can be found here.

According to the official Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung website:

The Magdalenenklause was conceived as the living quarters of a hermit and stands in a small, “overgrown” wood. Built with tiles and partly plastered, it looks like a ruin from the outside. Cracks in the masonry and crumbling plaster serve as a reminder of the frailty of all things earthly.

The entire place is meant to be a place for contemplation, kind of like the palace’s “hermitage.”

Again from the website:

Individual furnishings emphasize the building’s strangeness, including the altarpiece in the chapel with a crucifix and two candlesticks made from a narwhal tusk and a Byzantine table crucifix in the refectory, which Max Emanuel took as booty during the Turkish wars in Hungary.

I felt that the entire place had an underwater feel, what with all the shells, and the rocks as part of the overall design.

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” 
― Søren Kierkegaard

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” 
― Abraham Lincoln

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.” 
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation. This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him… there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful, benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.”
― Khaled Hosseini

“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” 
― Mother Teresa

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. 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 serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. 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 or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

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