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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Silent Night Chapel in Frankenmuth

Most people who come to Frankenmuth also visit the Silent Night Memorial Chapel which sits on the corner of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. It is a copy of the one in Oberndorf Austria that the Bronner family so adored when they visited there in the 1970's. Built in 1992, the former mayor of Oberndorf --whom they met in the 70's --came for its dedication. There are plaques with "Silent Night" in hundreds of different languages posted throughout the grounds. It was written by pastor Joseph Mohr and the music was composed by a teacher, Franz Xaver Gruber. It was first sung in Oberndorf in the St Nicholas Church in 1818. We think that's a pretty cool story.

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