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Since the mid-18th Century the community of Pöstlingberg was a destination for pilgrims. A chapel was built there around 1720, and a church opened in 1748. From the end of the 18th Century, the mountain was increasingly frequented by hikers, especially after the summit area had been cleared for military reasons in 1809 and again in the 1830s and revealed an impressive view. The Poestlingberg parish church and pilgrimage basilica "Seven Sorrows of Our Lady" is visible from afar at the highest point on Pöstlingberg.
There is a very steep ascent from the floor of the valley starting in Urfahr to reach this church. Once there, one finds a botanical garden, many eateries and a magnificent view of the Linz below. . I spent over three years in this area and could always see the church, however I could not visit there. The bridge across the Danube that took one to Urfahr was controlled by the Russian Army until the occupation forces left Austria in 1955. I left Linz in early 1951, but have been back there many times in recent years.
This is a late evening shot of the basilica and the clouds were prominent in the distance. Taken from our hotel balcony along the Danube.

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