On the path from the castle to the top of the hill:
The church at the top of the hill:
I took the angel-picture especially for you, Mum:
A view of the church from the other side, and a close-up of the rather unusual stone cupola on top of the bell tower:
There has been a place of worship here for many centuries. The first mention of a (wooden) church is from 1424. The first stone building was erected in 1488, but became too small for the many pilgrims, and a larger church was built. The church underwent many alterations over the centuries, but much as we see today is from the late 17th century.
Originally, the tower was of wood. It burned down completely after ligthning struck in 1774, and a new one of stone was erected in its place.
On the way back down:
It really was a great way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon in October, and I think I would like to come back here in spring, when the landscape assumes a different character with trees in bloom and birdsong everywhere.