King, citizen, beggar? What do these class designations have to do with the former Augustinian canons convent Heilig Kreuz in Augsburg? A miraculous host, the so-called Wunderbarliches Gut, was the centre of a pilgrimage that was founded in the 12th century and flourished for decades. Kings, dukes, patricians and ordinary people alike pilgrimaged to Heilig Kreuz in Augsburg.
From March 22nd to June 30th, 2019, the Diocesan Museum St. Afra in Augsburg will be presenting the exciting history of Heilig Kreuz in a special exhibition, thereby showing for the first time the rich treasure of high-ranking altarpieces, sculptures, frescoes, liturgical utensils and paraments that the church once contained and in some cases still holds.
Heilig Kreuz was one of Augsburg's most richly and splendidly furnished churches, for which renowned artists such as Johann Matthias Kager (1575-1634), Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Georg Petel (1601/02-1634), Johann Georg Bergmüller (1688-1762), Joseph Mages (1728-1769) and the Verhelst brothers created paintings, sculptures and frescoes. While preparing the exhibition, a large part of the equipment of the high and side altars of the Verhelst brothers was rediscovered, which can be seen again for the first time since the Second World War. A section of the museum is also dedicated to pilgrimages and their products.
In the Leopold Mozart year 2019, special attention will also be paid to the music at Heilig Kreuz: works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were given to the monastery by his sister Nannerl due to the special connection between the exceptional talent and the Holy Cross.
Another highlight will be the performance of a late Gothic play on the legend of the Holy Cross, which will be performed in the Catholic Church of Heilig Kreuz on April 7th 2019. This is a cooperation with the Augsburg Sensemble Theater and Prof. Dr. Klaus Wolf, University of Augsburg.
A programme with lectures, concerts, guided tours and museum educational offers for children completes the exhibition.
Diözesanmuseum St. Afra
Telefon: +49 (0)821/3166-8833
Sunday/bank holidays 12.00-18.00
Closed on Mondays
Adults 4.00 € *
Reduced 3.00 € *
Family ticket 8.00 €*
Annual ticket 19.00 €
*Admission fees for special exhibitions may change
On request (+49 (0)821/3166-8833 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Due to its historic structure, the museum is only partly barrier-free. Ca. 60% are accessible for wheelchair users.