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Martinskirche, Linz

Exterior view of the Martinskirche. Photo © GFDL. View all images in our Martinskirche Photo Gallery.
Nave of the ancient Martinskirche. Photo © ArtServe.
Outer wall of the Martinskirche. Photo © ArtServe.

The 8th-century Carolingian Martinskirche (Church of St. Martin) in Linz is considered the oldest church in Austria that still retains most of its original form.


The Martinskirche was constructed by Charlemagne in the 700s using part of an old Roman wall and materials from Roman buildings. The first written record of it dates from 799.

In the 11th century, the chuch was redesigned and the pillar arches were filled in. Later alterations include Romanesque and Gothic arches and a Gothic choir. The historic monument was restored in 1948.

What to See

The remains of the Roman wall can be seen both inside and outside the church. The interior of St. Martin's Church has remnants of 14th- and 15th-century frescoes, some Baroque artwork, and Roman tomb inscriptions. The choir is 15th-century Gothic.

Quick Facts on Martinskirche

Site Information
Names:Martinskirche; Martinskirche, Linz; St. Martin's Church
Feat:Oldest; Gothic Murals
Styles:Carolingian; Romanesque
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Linz, Austria
Coordinates:48.304569° N, 14.279662° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Martinskirche

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  1. Darwin Porter, Frommer's Austria.
  2. St. Martin's Church - Linz Tourism
  3. Martinskirche (Linz) - German Wikipedia

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Title:Martinskirche, Linz
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:01/12/2010
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