St. Michael's Church, Salzburg

It can be easy to overlook Michaelskirche (St. Michael's Church), a pink church in the heavily-touristed area of Residenzplatz and Waagplatz, but be sure to stop by for a quick visit – this small church is the oldest church in Salzburg.

Michaelskirche was mentioned in official documents for the first time back in 813. For centuries it was the main parish church of Salzburg, with the town cemetery right next to it.

However, in 1223 the bigger Franziskanerkirche was selected as the new parish church, and St. Michael's Church quickly lost its importance. Nevertheless, it remains a functioning place of worship today.

The tiny, historic church has a distinctive pink exterior and an intimate and prayerful interior.

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Quick Facts on St. Michael's Church

Site Information
Names:Michaelskirche · St. Michael's Church
Country:Austria
Categories:churches
Dedication: St. Michael
Dates:c. 800
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:47.798889° N, 13.046944° E
Address:Salzburg, Austria
Lodging:View hotels near St. Michael's Church
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Personal visit (September 2004) - outside only; sadly it was closed
  2. Frommer's Austria

More Information

View from south, from the cathedral square. St. Michael's Church, Salzburg, Austria. © Holly Hayes
Interior view of the little St. Michael's Church, Salzburg, Austria. © Holly Hayes
Interior view of the little St. Michael's Church, Salzburg, Austria. © Holly Hayes
Interior view of the little St. Michael's Church, Salzburg, Austria. © Holly Hayes

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