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Visitors Head to Austria’s Silent Night Chapel, Carol of Same Name Turns 200

SALZBURG, Austria – With the Christmas season in full swing, scores of people have been visiting Austria’s iconic Silent Night Chapel, where the popular festive carol of the same name is said to have been sung for the first time some two centuries ago.

The chapel in the northern town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg stands on the site of the former Saint Nicholas Church, where “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht” (the iconic tune’s original title in German) was first sung on Christmas Eve in 1818.

The original lyrics were written by Austrian priest Josef Mohr in the German language and Austrian school teacher Franz Xaver Gruber composed the melody.

The instantly-recognizable carol made it onto the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011 and has been translated into hundreds of languages.

 

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