35 Churches to Explore in Austria

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Austria is consistently ranked in the top 20 richest countries in the world by GDP per capita terms. The country has achieved a high standard of living and in 2018 was ranked 20th in the world for its Human Development Index.

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Churches to Explore in Austria

Altenburg Abbey

A majestic Benedictine monastery in Altenburg, Lower Austria. It was founded in 1144,by Countess Hildeburg of Poigen-Rebgau. The abbey attained its present Baroque form under the direction of abbots Maurus Boxler and Placidus Much. The modernization of the abbey was supervised by the architect Josef Munggenast with support from some of the most distinguished artists and craftsmen of Austria.

Basilica di Wilten

The Basilica of Our Lady under the Four Columns, is a parish church and an important Marian shrine dedicated to the Immaculate Conception , in the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck . It stands in the southern district of Wilten , along the road to the Brenner Pass , and represents one of the masterpieces of Baroque - Rococo architecture in Austria.

Basilika St. Michael

Mondsee Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in Mondsee in Upper Austria. This gothic former monastery is just as striking today as ever. Its two towers stretch 52m into the sky. This late gothic church was constructed in the 15th century under the direction of abbot Benedikt Eck and is the second biggest church in Upper Austria.

Catedral de Santiago

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is an iconic symbol of the city of Santiago and also the final point for many pilgrims walking or cycling the Camino de Santiago. Recently renovated, the Cathedral is ready to welcome pilgrims from all over the world during Holy Year 2022.

Erzabtei / Stift St. Peter Salzburg

The St. Peter Abbey is a spiritual, cultural and economic center in the city and state of Salzburg. The Archabbey of St. Peter looks back on an unbroken continuity in the heart of Salzburg's old town. Monks have lived, prayed and worked here since 696. The abbey also owns collections of paintings, church treasures, artworks, minerals, furniture, musical instruments, a coin cabinet, and a cabinet of natural curiosities.

Erzbischöfliches Palais Erzdiözese Salzburg

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A former Roman Catholic fortified church and was dedicated to St. Pancras and St. Consecrated to Aegidius . The former church is now almost exclusively used for museum and cultural purposes. It is located on a slight hill in the southwest part of Old Town. The building is surrounded by a church yard, which used to be a cemetery, and a defensive wall.

Hofkirche mit Silberner Kapelle

A majestic gothic church was built in 1553 by Emperor Ferdinand I as a memorial to his grandfather Emperor Maximilian. It boasts a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculpture. The church also contains the tomb of Andreas Hofer, Tyrol's national hero.

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

The Holy Trinity Church is a Roman Catholic church in Salzburg, Austria. It was designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. It is the most important sacred building on the right bank of the historic district and a masterpiece of the great baroque architect, Fischer von Erlach. The dominant dome, the sweeping façade, the twin towers and the palatial side wings are absolute eyecatchers on Makart Square.

Jesuit Church

This is a marvellous baroque expression of Christian faith. The church is dedicated to the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. Her salvation points to the salvation of the whole humanity and manifests God’s triumph in history. Despite its relatively austere exterior, the interior is remarkably opulent with ersatz marble pillars, gilding and a number of allegorical ceiling frescoes.

Kapuzinerkloster (ehemalige Burg Trompeterschlößl)

The Capuchin Convent of Salzburg is a convent of Capuchin Friars Minor located on the Kapuzinerberg in Salzburg , Austria . The whole is part of the Unesco World Heritage List. It served as a study convent for novices from 1668 and was further extended in 1690, reaching its present form with two interior courtyards. The convent has served since 1998 as a novitiate for the brothers of the order of the German - speaking area .


Karlskirche is a Baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. Widely considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna, as well as one of the city's greatest buildings, the church is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, one of the great counter-reformers of the sixteenth century. The church contains a dome in the form of an elongated ellipsoid and also there are so many things to see around. .

Kirche am Steinhof

The Church of St. Leopold am Steinhof is a church in the Art Nouveau style characteristic of the Viennese Secession built by the architect Otto Wagner in Vienna , Austria .The Saint-Léopold church is considered one of the most important churches of the 20th century. The building, designed by Otto Wagner, is considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world.

Klosterneuburg Monastery

Klosterneuburg Monastery has been one of Austria's most important religious and cultural centers for more than 900 years. The monastery was founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg, the patron saint of Austria, and his second wife Agnes of Germany. The impressive monastery complex was mostly constructed between 1730 and 1834. Its foundations, including a castle tower and a Gothic chapel, date back to the twelfth century.

Kremsmünster Abbey

Kremsmünster Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Kremsmünster in Upper Austria . It has been the spiritual and economic center of the region since it was founded in 777 . The monastery is also known for the observatory and for the grammar school. The Kremsmünster Abbey Library is one of the largest and oldest in Austria. The magnificent 65-metre long room contains about 160,000 volumes, the most famous of which is the Codex Millenarius dating from around 800.

Maria Plain

Maria Plain is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in the municipality of Bergheim in the north of the Austrian state of Salzburg . The pilgrimage basilica Mariæ Himmelfahrt on the Plainberg north of the city ​​of Salzburg forms a closed baroque ensemble with the surrounding chapels and buildings . In the pilgrimage church, which has been a minor basilica since 1952 , the miraculous image of Maria Plain "Maria Trost" is venerated.

Mariatrost Basilica

The Baroque Mariatrost Basilica is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of Styria in Austria. The pilgrimage church stands prominently on top of the Purberg hill in the northeast of Graz. The pilgrimage church stands prominently on top of the Purberg hill in the northeast of Graz. It can be reached using the 200 or more steps of the Angelus stair. The basilica is classified as a Baroque building.

Mariazell Basilica

This is a Marian Shrine that is considered the most important Pilgrimage destination in Austria attracting about a million pilgrims each year. This basilica is also extremely important for Catholics in the Danube area and in Central Europe. It is the only church named as a national shrine of all German-speaking countries.

Nonnberg Abbey

Nonnberg Abbey was founded between 713 and 715 and is considered to be the oldest nunnery in the World that existed with no interruptions. The official founder of the nunnery is St. Rupert, but he transferred the responsibility to his sister St. Erentrudis.

Old Cathedral, Linz

The Old Cathedral stands serenely, in all its beauty at the City Hall district. Originally a Jesuit church, the cathedral exemplifies Baroque style architecture and has emerged as an elaborate, spacious edifice with side chapels. It was built between 1669 and 1683 in Baroque style. From 1785 to 1909 it served as cathedral of the Diocese of Linz.

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