Martinskirche, Linz

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.


History of Martinskirche

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 at Martinskirche

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 · St. Martin's Church
Styles:Romanesque; Carolingian Empire
Dedication: St. Martin
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:48.304569° N, 14.279662° E
Address:Linz, Austria
Lodging:View hotels near Martinskirche
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More Information

Exterior view of the Martinskirche. © GFDL
Nave of the ancient Martinskirche. © ArtServe
Outer wall of the Martinskirche. © ArtServe

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