Puerto Varas Church, Chile
Image by pandrcutts
The Roman Catholic Sacred Heart of Jesus Church towers above Puerto Varas. It was built by German Jesuit missionaries in 1918, and a notice beside the Church says it’s a copy of the baroque church at Marienkirche in the Black Forest. But further investigation suggests that, although there are many German churches named after St Marien, there’s no such actual place in Germany as a whole let alone the Black Forest. I’ve found two German churches named after St Marien, one in the Black Forest and one further north:
There’s a Marienkirche in the little village of Ettenheim in the Black Forest. There’s a photo of it in the first note below and you can read about it (again in German) here.
There was once a Marienkirche in Bremen in north Germany. It looked a bit like the Chilean Church. There’s a photo of it in the second note below and you can read about it (in German) here.
If you know of any other Marienkirches that may have served as a pattern for the Church in Puerto Varas please add a note – preferably with a picture.