This is a bizarre place that only a full spherical panorama can do justice. The paintings that adorn every square inch of the interior of the “Apocalypse Chapel,” actually called St. Egid, in Klagenfurt, Austria, are eye-popping, strange, life-affirming, frightening, and enrapturing all at once. This is something you absolutely have to see in the full 360cities.net panorama (I would embed it here if I could, but 360cities doesn’t allow that unfortunately).
The Apocalypse Chapel is the brainchild of Ernst Fuchs, an artist who belongs to the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Herr Fuchs, who survived the Shoah (Holocaust), converted to Roman Catholicism and much of his amazing artwork is devotional in nature. He began working on the Apocalypse Chapel about 1990 and various of his apprentices worked with him on it, such as noted American artist Amanda Sage. The Apocalypse Chapel is intended to illustrate the Book of Revelations, but it’s done with many nods to popular and modern culture as well as Biblical interpretation. The chapel was completed in 2010.
If you browse the full panorama you will see a number of weird things, including Apollo astronauts, a space shuttle astronaut, Pope John Paul II, lots of angels, medieval minstrels, the Statue of Liberty, and Christ with dreadlocks (you may remember last Christmas I fell in love with the “Black Jesus” that Fox News said didn’t exist). What does all this mean? I have no idea, but it sure is interesting to look at!
This photo was taken by Jan Koehn on May 10, 2013.