The White Chapel (known as Pestkapelle St. Rochus in German) is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage chapel situated in the town of Cochem in Germany. The chapel, which is situated on a steep slope below a terraced vineyard, was built in 1686 to commemorate the end of the bubonic plague which struck the region in 1635. The chapel is a stunning example of Baroque style in Germany, featuring a striking fresco of St. Rochus attributed to the Dutch painter Vincento Coessel, as well as a beautifully crafted altar depicting Mary, the Angels, and St. Benedict of Nursia. Inside the chapel there is also a statue of St. Rochus and a memorial plaque in his honor. A pilgrimage to the chapel is still held each year to commemorate those who lost their lives to the plague. The view from the chapel across the Moselle River valley is stunning, making it an excellent place for nature lovers and photographers alike. An excellent way to explore the area is by taking a leisurely walk along the Moselle River, as well as the village of Cochem and its beautiful old buildings.
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