Franziskanerkirche, Salzburg

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A fusion of Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, Franziskanerkirche represents one of Salzburg's oldest churches. Stop by the church, located in the heart of the city's Old Town, and admire the exterior's medieval construction, dating from the 1200s. Its footprint is squat, its roof is relatively steep, and its facade features high arched windows. Make your way inside and note the change in appearance as you transition through the naves and vaulted ceilings to the original basilica. Wander through the different chapels within, and be sure to view the religious works of art and Baroque decorations that contrast with the rest of the building. With our international travel planner, Salzburg attractions like Franziskanerkirche can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I came here many times already – no I’m not religious, but there is something special about this church. It’s not one of those breathtaking and beautiful churches like many others. When you enter the ...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful and ancient city of Salzburg churches. It is located on the corner of Sigmund Hafner and Franziskanegasse streets, a place that from century VIII has always been occupied by a church. Currently, it has different styles, Gothic choir replaced the romanesco style in 1400 and a Gothic tower was added to the structure at the end of the 15th century. Until 1635, it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and today is a Catholic Church administered by the Franciscans. In the 18th century, the interior of the Church was redecorated in Baroque style. Its central nave is Romanesque, with a lion of marble in the same style; the choir is Gothic with slender columns that rise up to a very ornate dome. There are nine chapels in the choir and each is decorated in Baroque style. One of them, behind the main altar contains an altar of marble that dates from 1561 and belonging to the old cathedral. The main altar, was designed by Fischer von Erlach in gold and marble.
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  • Here also, this church is one of the souls of Salzburg. Remarkable contrast between the austerity of the Romanesque, low and dark entry, and the magical rise and Arian Gothic heart. Exuberant baroque decoration. A treat for the eyes and soul.
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  • My favorite church in Salzburg. If you're in town for Christmas, the Christmas Eve Mass was beautiful and much less crowded than in the Dom. I like this church because it's one of Salzburg's oldest and has much less of the overly-gilded baroque style than most. I also at some point saw some concerts here, and the music sounded very unique in the setting.
  • Wonderful church interior. Romanesque nave to Gothic quire. Barque artistry prevalent.
  • One of the few Catholic churches of Salzburg. Magnificent
  • Now THIS church is really special. I've gotta admit I am not a huge fan of Baroque (it's just too much for me), but the way this one is decorated and those funny little details you can find... yeah, it sort of convinced me Baroque wasn't that bad afterall.
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