Franciscan Church, Salzburg

The Franciscan Church, on the corner of Franziskanergasse and Sigmund Hafner Gasse, is one of Salzburg's oldest churches.

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History of Franciscan Church

There has been a church on this site since the 8th century, which was rebuilt in the Romanesque era. A Gothic choir replaced the Romanesque choir in 1408-50; a slender Gothic tower was added in 1468-98.

The building served as a parish church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, until 1635. In 1670 the top of the church's tower had to be removed because the archbishop objected to it being higher than that of the cathedral. In 1866 it was restored in a Neo-Gothic style.

The church interior received a Baroque makeover in the 18th century.

What to See at Franciscan Church

The Franziskanerkirche is an especially fascinating church to visit due to its unique mixture of architectural styles.

The Romanesque nave is still visible inside the church, and a 12th-century marble lion from that period is set into the pulpit steps.

The tall, well-lit Gothic choir (1408-50) is supported by slender purplish columns, which reach up to an elaborate rib vault.

The choir shelters nine chapels, each decorated in an elaborate Baroque style by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach in the 18th century. The easternmost chapel, behind the high altar, contains a winged marble altar of 1561 from the old cathedral.

The high altar, also by Erlach, is an ornate creation of red marble and gold. The Madonna statue in the center predates the rest - it is a Late Gothic sculpture by Michael Pacher of Tyrol.

The Franciscan Friary is opposite the church to the south.

Quick Facts on Franciscan Church

Site Information
Names:Franciscan Church · Franziskanerkirche
Country:Austria
Categories:churches
Faiths:Franciscan order
Styles:Gothic
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:47.798180° N, 13.044151° E
Address:Salzburg, Austria
Lodging:View hotels near Franciscan Church
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References

  1. The Rough Guide to Austria
  2. Salzburg - Franciscan Church - Planetware
  3. Franziskanerkirche - Fodors.com

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