St Michael's Church, Wachau

by Agnes Felber December. 15, 2013 10861 views

Near the vine growing village Weißenkirchen in the Wachau is the Wehrkirche St. Michael
(defence church of Saint Michael). The original church dating even back to the 10th century was fortified
in the 15th century by adding a defence tower and battlements making this the oldest parish church of the
whole Danube valley.

The really curious thing about this church is the seven rabbits sitting on
the nave’s roof. How they got there is told in a little legend:

The Seven Rabbits of St. Michael

On a terribly cold winter’s day, a storm brought so much snow down the hill towards the Danube that the gap
between the hill and the church was quickly completely filled with it. One could literally step from the
hill onto the church’s roof. In the evening seven young freezing rabbits hopped down the Atzberg and sat on
the roof of the church for a rest. Since they were very tired, they stayed on the roof and fell asleep.
However, over night the weather changed and a warm wind blew through the Danube valley melting all the snow
away. When the rabbits woke up, they were caught on the church’s roof without a way back down. So they are
still sitting there – only that they have over the years changed to grey weathered stone figures on the
church’s roof.

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Juhã¡Szn㩠ÉVa 4 years, 12 months ago

Csodálatos helyek!

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Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 12 months ago

very nice country town!

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Yves Monast 4 years, 12 months ago

lovely post Agnes have a good week......

4 years, 12 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 4 years, 12 months ago

Great report and beautiful place !!

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